WWE Network ended Q1 2019 with 1.58 million paid subscribers, a 2% increase over the prior year quarter but 100,000 less than Q4 2018, suggesting that even the Royal Rumble did not manage to move numbers.
The day after WrestleMania 35, WWE had 2 million subscribers getting the service. This year, the company did not hold a conference call to announce how many subscribers they got for their biggest pay-per-view of the year and it will take a few more months – during the Q2 2019 report – to see how many of those 2 million subscribers renewed their subscription or simply signed up for free to watch just WrestleMania. But the outlook isn’t good as WWE projects an average of 1.7 million subscribers for the next quarter which represents a year-over-year decline of 5%.
Among the most popular programs on the WWE Network apart from PPVs, WWE listed NXT Takeover: Phoenix, NXT UK Takeover: Blackpool, the WWE 24 and Chronicle documentary series and Halftime Heat which aired during the Super Bowl halftime show. WWE added more than 75 hours of original content to WWE Network’s featured programming and 420 hours of archival content, which resulted in an on-demand library of nearly 12,000hours at quarter-end.
WWE noted in the press release that their primary focus now for the WWE Network is the launch of its new platform in partnership with Endeavor Streaming and Massive. This new platform will provide flexibility to bring new features and experiences to fans and enable the delivery of content in multiple languages.