IMPACT! & Superstars Ratings Update + Big WWE Problems
-- WWE announced today that it believes, based on the currently available data, that the company's earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2010 will be around $0.08 to $0.10, well below analyst estimates of $0.16 per share. "These results are preliminary and subject to the completion and review of the 2010 financial statements by the Company (including its Audit Committee) and its independent auditors," said the company. "The Company is continuing to review its financial and operating results and actual results may differ from the earnings per share estimates contained herein. Until completion of that process, the Company is not in a position to discuss individual aspects of its financial results, which will be disclosed in the normal course." Immediately after the announcement was made, WWE's stock took a dive. After opening at $13.50 this morning, it fell to $12.28 before rebounding back to $12.50. Anyone surprised they announced it late on a Friday afternoon before the weekend break?!
-- As reported before, TNA iMPACT! did a 1.15 (1.2) cable rating this week. The viewer count was 1,648,000.
-- Thursday night's episode of WWE Superstars did a 0.49 (0.5) rating with 565,000 viewers. The replay did a 0.18 (0.2) rating with 174,000 viewers.