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Feb 1, 1999 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Royal Rumble recap, 1998's business rundown

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So all records were destroyed this year. WWF increased its attendance 71.7% over the previous year, increased television ratings 48.9% and increased PPV buy rates 67.2% (from an 0.61 average in 1997 to a 1.02 average), sold out 33.5% of its house shows as compared with 16.7% last year, and averaged $188,482 gross per house show as compared with $94,562 last year, an increase of 99.3%.

WCW had tremendous increases as well, increasing attendance 46.7%, television ratings 56.0%, PPV buy rates 17.7% (0.79 to 0.93), sold out 48.8% of its house shows as compared with 40.5% last year, averaged $166,190 gross per house show as compared with $87,413 last year or a 90.1% increase.

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