#WSOPneedsto _________?

Rachel Nordtomme WSOP

Some may argue the #WSOPneedsto show more Rachel Nordtomme (above) during its broadcast.

We’ll be posting later today what we think the WSOP needs to do to get its ratings back up. Until then though we’ve been asking people on Twitter and Facebook to share their thoughts on why viewership continues to drop and what can be done to improve its broadcast.

So far lots of interesting thoughts/ideas. And some funny ones.

To see what people are saying, click here. To join in the discussion on Twitter, be sure to use the hashtag #wsopneedsto so others can follow along.

Also, feel free to chime in the comments below or on Facebook.


2 Responses

  1. kosh

    November 11, 2010 4:36 pm, Reply

    I think the tweet saying “people who can relate to 23-year old college dropouts do not watch ESPN on TV” is right on. I sure can’t relate to those guys.

    The whole thing has just become too much of a circus. Especially when they win a pot and run around like idiots yelling and high-fiving all their friends. Come on guys, this is poker, you can lose all those chips just as quickly as you won them.

  2. Pauly

    November 11, 2010 7:39 pm, Reply

    I don’t think anything is fundamentally wrong. The November Nine product has been improving since its inception in 2008. I’ve been vehemently against the philosophy of the November Nine — but the folks at the WSOP and 441 Productions definitely put on a top-notch product/show.

    Rating were down. I have a few theories…

    1. Lower ratings reflect an overall trend because poker is a niche entity.

    2. Phil Ivey was not at the final table. The 2008 November Nine was a novelty and drew curious viewers. Ivey is a big draw… period.

    3. Consumers watched it elsewhere. I wonder how many of those people who didn’t watch the November Nine broadcast on ESPN had already seen it on streamed live ESPN3? I also dunno how many consumers rely heavily on DVR viewing or watch episodes the next day on their laptop (via PokerTube or other portals) while killing time at work.

    4. The later time frame was necessary to give the production crew extra time to edit the heads-up part, but the later air time (10pm to Midnight ET) attracted fewer viewers than other years.

    5. The 2008 World Series of Baseball experienced a few rain delays and cancellations on the same day as the broadcast of 2008 Main Event episodes leading up to the November Nine. Many baseball fans flipped to ESPN instinctually as an alternative viewing choice — and it they happened to stumble upon the WSOP. Future episodes of the WSOP including the November Nine, retained a few of those serendipitous viewers who tuned in during the rain delay in the baseball playoffs.

    My 2 cents.

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