ESPN: Reduced interest for the World Series of Poker broadcasts
Posted on September 7, 2010 by John Trevors for Luckyroom.com
Six weeks have passed since the ESPN – the largest sports cable television channel in the USA – began broadcasting the World Series of Poker and the statistics regarding the number of television viewers during this 6 weeks period show that numbers have reduced compared to last year’s corresponding period. The overall index for these six weeks amounted to 0.67 where the number of 1.0 corresponds to 1.1 million viewers, so the 0.67 rate approximately equals to 737,000 viewers. Last year, the corresponding ratio was 0.79 indicating therefore summing up to a fall of 16%.
Looking at the demographic data of statistics, the only group of viewers that has increased its numbers is the group of men aged over 55 years old. The increase was approximately 8.1%. On all other categories there was a decline. After the first introductory episode for July’s 20th WSOP, there was a two-hour broadcast of Poker Player’s Championship. This episode had increased number of viewers by 15% compared to the one of 2009’s.
The broadcasts continued with the Tournament of Champions and the first days of the Main Event with live analysis and comments from famous poker stars such as Johnny Chan, Greg Raymer, Joe Hachem, Doyle Brunson and others. However, ESPN did not manage to achieve the numbers of viewers that the station managers originally estimated. ESPN broadcasts for the WSOP will continue for the next ten weeks until the start of the Main Event’s final table which is scheduled for November.
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