NEW ITEMS: WrestleMania 33 ticket info, SD rating drops and demos tell the story, WWE Network ranking among streaming services

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-WWE Network was ranked in a study by Park Associates, as reported by the Streaming Observer, as the fifth biggest streaming network in the United States. Number one is Netflix, followed by Amazon Prime, Hulu, and MLB.com. After WWE Network comes Sling TV, HBO Now, Crunchyroll, Showtime, and CBS All Access. The article noted WWE Network experienced “continued strong growth from the year prior” in their assessment. Nearly two thirds of U.S. homes with broadcast subscribe to a streaming video service (63 percent compared to 57 percent at the start of 2015). TV has overtaken computers in the last two years as the top source of streaming content. Says the article: “Streaming TV isn’t just becoming an alternative to a cable subscription, but it’s actually replacing it on a large scale now.” (SOURCE LINK)

-Smackdown on Tuesday night drew a 1.56 rating, down from the 1.71 and 1.72 ratings the previous two weeks, and barely above the 1.58 rating three weeks ago when it went up against the Vice Presidential Debate. It seems pretty clear from the demographics that the NBA season opening with the Lebron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers vs. The New York Knicks and the first game of the World Series pulled viewers away from Smackdown, as the adult 18-49 demo was down from 0.81 to 0.69, but isolating the male 18-49 demo, it was down from 0.96 to 0.61. So the drop-off in general was sharp, but much sharper among the male demo.

-WWE announced today that WrestleMania 33 tickets go on sale Nov. 18, although travel packages including WM tickets go on sale Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. ET. Price ranges are $38 to $2,130. The most expensive tickets are Gold Circle packages which includes a seat in the first ten rows.

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