Professional Wrestling. It's the "sport" that millions of people watch, multiple times per week, but that nobody ever admits that they watch in polite company. WWE's Raw has been one of (if not the) highest rated scripted series in basic cable for nearly two decades now, and attracts 18-49 demo numbers that even a lot of broadcast network programming would envy.
And while wrestling news is certainly not the domain of this website, today's tidbit falls squarely on the TV business side of the fence as well. WWE announced recently that their flagship Monday night program will be expanding to three-hours permanently very soon. The change will begin with the show's 1000th episode, scheduled for July 23rd. Starting on that night, Raw will run from 8 to 11pm EST, and will stick with that schedule every single week thereafter. Raw has occupied the Mondays at 9-11pm slot since 1997, the height of the fabled "Monday night wars" with WCW's Nitro.
Now, if you'll indulge me, I'd like to speak as a WWE fan that has been watching since I was a kid. This is a terrible, terrible move. The WWE is in a creative slump right now, and the last thing that will fix it is adding another hour for the writers to fill every week. And what would be the point of still having three hour pay per view events every month when the weekly show is the same length? I will now remove my fan hat, and place my reporter hat back on. I can see why USA is pushing for this (and make no mistake, the network has been asking WWE for a third hour for years now). It's not like they have any better draws to stick on the air Mondays at 8pm.
Do any of you guys and gals watch wrestling? Do you think it should be something viewers should be ashamed of doing? Is adding a third hour to Raw a good decision?