ION Television's 'WWE Main Event' Debuts With Network's Highest Male Ratings in a Year

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October 4th, 2012

via press release:



NEW YORK, October 4, 2012 – Obama vs. Romney was not the only match viewers tuned into on Wednesday night. According to Nielsen overnight data released today, ION Television’s brand new series, WWE Main Event, garnered the highest male audience in the last year with the most Men 18-49 (422,000), Men 25-54 (444,000), and Men 2+ (876,000). At 8:00pm ET/PT, the premiere of the new weekly series, which featured WWE Champion CM Punk™ against World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus™, was the #4 program in the time period among Men 18-34, #4 among Men 18-49, and #5 among Men 25-54. In addition, WWE Main Event out-delivered the last game of the MLB regular season on ESPN and ESPN2 among all key men and adult demos. Finally, the premiere delivered 518,000 Women 2+, finishing ahead of most female cable networks.


"The viewers have spoken," noted Brandon Burgess, CEO, ION Media Networks. "Fans of the WWE are passionate and seem to have a knack for finding their favorite Superstars wherever they live. Needless to say, we are particularly pleased that WWE has found a new home on ION Television, and we congratulate our new partner in the success of the premiere."


“Our partnership with ION Television is off to a strong start,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO. “We expect our fans will make WWE Main Event the number one show on the network as they have done for WWE programs with all of our other TV partners.”

WWE Main Event, airing Wednesdays at 8:00pm ET/PT, features the WWE Superstars and Divas of Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown, including John Cena®, WWE Champion CM Punk™, World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus™, Alberto Del Rio®, The Miz®, Kofi Kingston®, Eve® and Alicia Fox®. It's a must-see for longtime devotees and those looking for character-driven, high-octane entertainment. The original series will showcase live events filmed across the country, as well as a stop in Europe.


Source: Nielsen Media, Live+SD data 9/26/11-10/3/12, ION and all cable networks


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About ION Television:

A leading U.S. general entertainment network, ION Television combines high-quality programming and dependable distribution with an attitude of innovation and growth. Its "Positively Entertaining" network brand positioning features a formula of proven series, an expansive catalog of blockbuster movies and a commitment to introduce new original programming. ION Television is one of the fastest growing networks in the nation. A top 15-rated entertainment network among Adults 25-54 and Women 25-54, ION is the only entertainment network with double-digit growth three years in a row. For more information, visit

  • Mark

    WWE Superstars was also pretty popular when it came out, and look what happened to it. Touting success after one show is so incredibly shortsighted.

  • herpderp

    ION should consider picking up Superstars for broadcast, or merging it with Main Event for a 2 hour show.

  • RogueJedi86

    It’s easy to be the most watched show on the network when no one watches it. I’ve had it as part of my DISH package for years(I assumed), and I’ve never looked at the channel before. If a commercial on G4 hadn’t told me a few minutes before, I wouldn’t have known what number channel it was on. I imagine no one watches the ION Channel, making them desperate for a ratings draw.

  • Reed P

    Too bad the WWE product sucks so bad right now these numbers will not hold that long. TNA is the better wrestling no doubt about it.

  • Ram510

    I wonder how many total viewers it got? 1.5 million is my guess

  • Feedback

    ION should try and get WWE to turn their show into a brand show. A silly show like this that isn’t required to understand the current happenings of WWE won’t give them bigger ratings. A third brand will.

    Having Michael Cole on this show was a mistake. That effectively makes it 6 hours of Michael Cole a week (9 on PPV weeks).

  • tj

    @Reed I have been a wrestling fan since I was a kid. WCW and everything on TBS was my favorite. I watch wwe just for the love of that form of entertainment. When Vince bought wcw and ecw I wanted to hate the wwe. I liked TnA back when it was 9.95 a week on ppv. AJ styles reeled me in along with their other talent. That being said sometimes it is hard to watch now and I am actually enjoying the wwe…well to an extent. The problem I have with TnA is that there stories don’t flow naturally. Watching the Aj styles drama and all involved was embarassing because I felt bad for the acting. I haven’t had to stretch my imagination much lately with wwe. But last week when Hulk and Sting were taken..sigh. Lastly, TnA has great younger talent which was one of my main reasons for viewing but they are all on explosion now, something I don’t get. Yes, I can watch on you tube but that’s not why I purchased my flatscreen, lol. Sorry so long but I really try to enjoy TnA more but I usually just FF to the matches as of late.

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