This years World Series of Poker (WSOP) TV ratings, on ESPN, are showing a 16% decrease from last years ratings which also fell.
The overall ratings for the first six weeks of WSOP coverage on ESPN have garnered a 0.67 rating, with a rating of 1.0 meaning that approximately 1.1 million viewers were watching a program. This would give the WSOP on ESPN an average of 737,000 viewers over the first six weeks of broadcasting. Compared to 2009, when the first six weeks pulled in a 0.79 rating (869,000 viewers), the ratings have dropped approximately 16%.
No surprise here, as the ratings continue to drop. It seems as if more people want to play poker now than watch poker on TV. This rating is still higher than hockey games and ESPN has a deal to air the WSOP through 2017, so this will air until nobody is left watchin.
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