Last night, WWE Raw was a very dull show. It is simply my opinion, but it may have been been the worst Red Brand effort in a while. With that, it is time to look at the numbers.
For a reminder, last week's Raw drew a solid 3.33 rating, with just under five million viewers. This week, WWE can go back to the drawing board.
The first hour drew 4,431,000 million viewers.
The second hour drew 4,192,000 million viewers.
The official number for Raw drew a 3.03 rating.
My Thoughts on This News
Well, there are a couple of interesting notes to make here. That is the lowest number in nearly three months. However, Raw was the most watched show on cable last night. On the flip side, it decreased by nearly 500,000 viewers from last week.
Also, most fans had to assume Triple H and Brock Lesnar were not going to be on live. WWE seemed to strongly hint at that fact all week long. As we saw, neither were on. The Game will, however, be on next Monday.
Also, John Laurinaitis began the show by announcing that John Cena would not be there. I know this often means they will appear later in a surprise attack, but it still was an unwise statement.
Story or not, you should never tell viewers your top star won't be there. As the numbers tell you, fans did turn away as the show went on. That is a bad trend to see return.
Bryan vs. Punk on PPV?
Next up was the ridiculous amount of filler last night. There is always filler for WWE shows, but it really seemed like a lot on Monday. Maybe I am off base here?
The quarter hour ratings are going to be very telling. I am guessing a lot of viewers slowly started tuning out of the show. As I said before, the entire night lacked the energy of an exciting Raw show!
Finally, the drop does not speak well of Daniel Bryan and CM Punk heading into Over the Limit. As I have mentioned many times, if you are a fan of these two, you better be buying the show.
The only way to tell WWE they are "draws" is by purchasing the pay-per-view. Illegally streaming the show is not supporting Punk and Bryan staying in the main event scene.
With this Raw's rating sinking without much of John Cena, things are off to a rough start. We all remember the scary low ratings a few months ago when Zack Ryder, Punk and Bryan were the focus.
Well, those scary lows may be coming back if Cena does take time off. We will have to wait and see on that issue, but this rating is a troubling sign.
As for Smackdown, their rating increased this week to a 1.92 with 2,710,000 million viewers. It was the highest number for the Blue Brand since the middle of March.
With nothing set this week, it will be interesting to see the rating. All fans know is that the World Title picture has been shaken up a little with Chris Jericho and Randy Orton added.
All in all, it was a normal week for WWE. Ratings should still be higher, but they are performing well compared to other cable shows.
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