Eric Bischoff

Eric Bischoff Shares Reasons For Ratings Being Down Across The Board In Wrestling Industry

Eric Bischoff has some theories regarding television ratings being down in WWE, AEW and IMPACT Wrestling.

During a recent edition of his official podcast, 83 Weeks, the former WCW Executive Vice President shared his thoughts on why ratings appear to be down across the board within the pro wrestling industry.

Featured below is an excerpt from the show where the legendary pro wrestling personality touches on this particular topic.

“I think SmackDown probably lost 100,000 viewers to [NBA] of their regular audience. We’ve talked about this on this podcast, I’ve predicted this, I’ve predicted every dirt sheet writer, every headline on the internet is going to say ‘Ratings are plummeting,’ it’s summer time! It happens every f—ing year. It’s as predictable as the sun coming up and the moon coming up, the ratings always go down in a consistent percentage in April when daylight savings time kicks in, weather gets nice and people go yeah, I don’t think I’m going to sit in my house and watch T.V. anymore because I’ve been COVID contained. I’m going to go to my local tavern and not watch wrestling, or if I’m going to watch wrestling, I’m going to watch it at the bar which by the way, doesn’t have a Nielsen [ratings] box.

“I think people are making way too much over everybody’s low ratings. Whether it’s AEW, WWE, f—ing IMPACT, what did they show up with last week? 69,000 viewers? I could cut a video of me flipping a burger on my rec tec [grill] and do better than 69,000 people watching it, but guess what, it’s summer time. Everybody is out, that’s what happens, it will come back.”

Check out the complete episode of the show at H/T to for transcribing the above quotes.


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