Wanna Be In PeepShow?

Of course you want to be on stage during “Peepshow.”  E! & Planet Hollywood are giving away a pretty cool prize in conjunction with “Peepshow” and “Holly’s World.”

  • 3 Day/2 night stay at Planet Hollywood
  • Meet Holly Madison
  • Appear on stage for part of “Peepshow” in a walk on role

For full details and to enter, click on the image below.  If you win, do be weird.  Good luck.

Holly’s World Premiers Tonight

It’s true – Holly’s World premiers tonight on E!  Las Vegas’ favorite lady, Holly Madison, has a new show featured solely on her.

Based on the popularity of The Girls Next Door and Kendra I’m sure this show will be popular.  Hot girls and Las Vegas…who wouldn’t want to watch?  The show is on 10:30pm eastern.  I’m sure it will be rerun a bunch throughout the week.  I’ll catch it then.

Click here for more Holly Madison on ECG

Andy Rooney is Old. Not Nice. Not Funny. Not Beavis.

Andy Rooney hasn’t been relevant in my lifetime, but people my parents age seem to listen to his musings and take them to heart.  I don’t appreciate his take on things and never will.  This Sunday he took Las Vegas to task.

Evidently it’s morally better to build a car than to deal or play blackjack.  Whatever, Mr. Rooney.  Die is Cast puts Rooney’s comments into perspective.  It’s a good read, as usual.

Whenever I hear Andy Rooney I think back to Beavis and Butthead.  This is another reason I can’t take Andy Rooney seriously.

ESPN To Broadcast World Series of Poker until 2017

ESPN extended their deal to broadcast the World Series of Poker (WSOP) through 2017.

ESPN has aired the WSOP since 2003. The current contract runs through next year. The new deal begins in 2011. ESPN will pay a rights fee. Terms were not disclosed.

Taped coverage of the World Series airs on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, ESPN International and more.

With ratings down slightly this year some may see this extension as a surprise, but poker still has plenty of 18-24 male viewers which is a key demographic for advertisers.  This essentially gives ESPN a stranglehold on the largest poker event on TV until popularity wanes.

I’ve mentioned here that I’ve moved on from watching poker on TV, but I’m not the average person.  I usually adopt before the average person and move on before that same person.  2017 seems like the right time for the guy in Iowa to be tired of poker on TV.

World Series of Poker Ratings Fall 8%

ESPN’s ratings for the World Series of Poker (WSOP) are down 8% for the first two broadcasts this year compared to 2008 according to Poker News Daily.

Poker News Daily has learned that ESPN’s coverage of the 2009 World Series of Poker (WSOP) has experienced an 8% dip in television ratings through two weeks to 0.72. Last year, the mark was 0.78.

In addition to ratings seeing an 8% slide, household impressions also fell, albeit a modest 5%. The total number of household impressions through two weeks of the 2009 WSOP was 714,904, compared with last year’s tally of 750,315. Four one-hour episodes have aired so far, with 26 more comprising coverage of the Ante Up for Africa charity tournament and the prestigious $10,000 buy-in Main Event.

Things look bad, but the news isn’t “fall off the table” bad.

Figures released after the July 28th kickoff telecast revealed that viewers were up 2% among men age 18 to 34. The number of viewers age 25 to 54 was up a commanding 16% after the first episode of the 2009 WSOP debuted on ESPN and the number of viewers age 18 to 49 was on par with the 2008 broadcast. The first telecast of the 2009 WSOP on ESPN featured the $40,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament commemorating the 40th running of the WSOP. In the end, Vitaly Lunkin dominated the 201 player field en route to a $1.9 million first place prize. He defeated Isaac Haxton heads-up in a star-studded final table that also included Greg Raymer, Ted Forrest, Justin “ZeeJustin” Bonomo, and Alec “traheho” Torelli.

I’ve been watching poker on television for about 6-7 years now.  This is the first year in that time that I haven’t watched the WSOP.  There’s a lot of competition for my attention on TV, internet and real life.  Additionally, poker is on a wide array of TV channels, which dilutes the marketplace and lowers desire for many to watch.

I’m not very different then the rest of America in that my attention span is short.  I’m not watching many TV shows that I watched 5 years ago – if any.  ESPN noticed this was coming and changed the format of the WSOP last year and added a celebrity event this year.  They’re doing what they can to hold on to their viewers.  I’m just not one of them.