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- Comcast CEO Brian Roberts at the MoffettNathanson TMT conference today indicated Comcast’s NBCU would probably sell its Hulu stake to Disney. “I think it’s more likely than not. I’m pretty certain if and when we sell our Hulu stake, it’ll be for more than what we have, and in fact, that’s contractually certain.” Disney and Comcast co-own Hulu, with Disney owning 66%. In January 2024, Disney has the contractual option to buy Comcast’s stake. Hulu currently holds next-day rights for Raw and NXT, as well as Smackdown via a sublicense from Fox. The term on those rights was extended last year to expire in fall 2024, simultaneously with live rights for Raw and Smackdown. WWE CEO Nick Khan will speak at the MoffettNathanson conference on Thursday at 1 pm ET.
- AEW Rampage is listed to air on late Saturday/early Sunday at 12:00 am on late May 27/early May 28 on TNT. Rampage will have a lead-in that night from Inside the NBA after the playoffs games that night. According to the network’s schedule, Rampage this week will air Friday, May 19, at 6:30 pm ET. That will make for seven straight weeks of preemptions for the show.
- I’ll report on the WWE Raw TV rating later tonight when the data is available.
TV ratings: AEW Rampage, May 13
AEW Rampage, Saturday on TNT, was watched by 284,000 viewers on average, including about 91,000 aged 18 to 49, for a 0.07 P18-49 rating.
Compared to last week, Rampage was down 3% in total viewership. Among viewers 18-49, viewership was down 22%.
Rampage ranked #46 in P18-49 among cable originals for the day, according to Showbuzz Daily. Including broadcast primetime, it ranked #75.
In its fifth consecutive week in preemption, this is the lowest total viewership for Rampage in its history.
The NHL playoffs on ESPN was #1 for Saturday in P18-49.
Viewer counts in thousands, calculated from national ratings, for this week’s episode with difference versus the median of the last 28 days in parentheses:
P2+: 284 (-5%)
P18-49: 91 (-22%)
M18-49: 65 (-17%)
F18-49: 26 (-56%)
P18-34: 14 (-72%)
P35-49: 77 (-6%)
Non-P18-49: 193 (+7%)
F12-34: 5 (-85%)
M12-34: 10 (-47%)
P25-54: 122 (-16%)
P50+: 187 (+14%)
Most-viewed YouTube videos from Rampage, as of 11am today:
The war between Naturally Limitless & The Mogul Affiliates continues to rage on: 365,508
The Hardys and The Gunns go face to face in the ring: 178,543
Kyle Fletcher of Aussie Open goes one-on-one with Action Andretti!: 121,552
The Outcasts claims another spray painted victim in Allysin Kay: 111,516
The Acclaimed & Daddy Ass pick up a big trios win: 67,758
EXCLUSIVE: Jon Moxley & Christopher Daniels Entrances: 40,847
EXCLUSIVE: Kip Sabian, The Butcher & The Blade & The Acclaimed entrance: 22,943
TV ratings: WWE on A&E, May 14
WWE Most Wanted Treasures on A&E, Sunday at 8 pm, was watched by 288,000 viewers on average, including about 104,000 aged 18 to 49, for a 0.08 P18-49 rating.
WWE Most Wanted Treasures at 9 pm, was watched by 394,000 viewers on average, including about 183,000 aged 18 to 49, for a 0.14 P18-49 rating.
The third episode of Stone Cold Takes on America at 10 pm, was watched by 277,000 viewers on average, including about 91,000 aged 18 to 49, for a 0.07 P18-49 rating.
Most Wanted Treasures ranked #23 (for the 9 pm episode) and #45 (for the 8 pm episode) in P18-49 among cable originals for the day, according to Showbuzz Daily.
Stone Cold Takes on America ranked #52 in P18-49 among cable originals.
This report was written with the assistance of automated programs created by me, then manually edited.
Brandon Thurston has written about wrestling business since 2015. He’s also worked as an independent wrestler and trainer.
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