Featured Post

Thank You, Axl Rotten (And R.I.P.)

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Monday Night RAW® Delivers Highest Rating Of Third Quarter

Courtesy of World Wrestling Entertainment:

STAMFORD, Conn., August 9, 2007 - WWE®’s “Monday Night RAW” on USA delivered 5,266,000 viewers on August 6, its best rating in the third quarter and a 10 percent increase over its quarter-to-date average (based on Nielsen Media Research, Galaxy Explorer 7/2/07-8/6/07, live + same day Persons 2+ impressions; excludes 7/30/07).

“The return of the Mr. McMahon® character and Triple H®, combined with some interesting new storylines, will grow our ratings momentum for RAW as we approach our SummerSlam® pay-per-view,” said Geof Rochester, WWE’s Executive Vice President, Marketing.

The SummerSlam® pay-per-view on Sunday, August 26, will be broadcast live from Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J., starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

The August 6 ratings results come a week after a Nielsen equipment malfunction apparently resulted in under-reported ratings for the July 30 episode of “Monday Night RAW.” This malfunction affected all USA Network ratings from 6:00 a.m. on July 30 through 1:21 p.m. on August 1. This resulted in the ratings being reported incorrectly for RAW and other USA programs that aired during the affected time period.

Additional information on World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE), can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.

Media Contact: Gary Davis, 203-353-5066

Investor Contact: Michael Weitz, 203-352-8642

Trademarks: The names of all World Wrestling Entertainment televised and live programming, talent names, images, likenesses, slogans and wrestling moves and all World Wrestling Entertainment logos are trademarks which are the exclusive property of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statements: This news release contains forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which are subject to various risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include the conditions of the markets for live events, broadcast television, cable television, pay-per-view, Internet, feature films, entertainment, professional sports, and licensed merchandise; acceptance of the Company's brands, media and merchandise within those markets; uncertainties relating to litigation; risks associated with producing live events both domestically and internationally; uncertainties associated with international markets; risks relating to maintaining and renewing key agreements, including television distribution agreements; and other risks and factors set forth from time to time in Company filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results could differ materially from those currently expected or anticipated. In addition to these risks and uncertainties, our dividend is based on a number of factors, including our liquidity and historical and projected cash flow, strategic plan, our financial results and condition, contractual and legal restrictions on the payment of dividends and such other factors as our board of directors may consider relevant.