Today WWE announced their 2017 third quarter financials hyping the increase in revenue, WWE Network subscribers, new advertisers and the launch of more localized content. Here are some highlights from the announcement:

* Revenue increased 14% to $186.4 million based primarily on the strong performance of the Company’s media, licensing and live event businesses

* Operating income was $33.9 million. Adjusted and reported OIBDA reached $40.4 million, representing an all-time record quarter on a reported basis1

* WWE Network’s average paid subscribers increased to 1.52 million over the third quarter 2017 (compared to 1.48 million this time last year), consistent with the Company’s guidance

* Launched WWE Network in China with PPTV (a Suning media company). The service showcases WWE’s major live events, ground-breaking original series, documentaries and classic matches

* Launched localized weekly TV shows in Mexico and Central America. WWE Saturday Night, produced in Spanish with Fox Sports Mexico, will feature highlights of Raw and SmackDown

* Through the first nine months of 2017, digital engagement continued to grow with video views up 23% to 14.2 billion and social media engagements up 5% to 912 million from the prior year

* NBCU secured 20 new advertisers for WWE programs in the 2017-18 upfront, adding 70 over the past 3 years, and reaching a total of nearly 200 advertisers for WWE shows

Steve Carrier

Steve is the Founder of RingsideNews. He has been writing about professional wrestling since 1996. He first got into website development at the time and has been focusing on bringing his readers the best professional wrestling news at it's highest quality.

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