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WWE NEWS: Raw TV quarter-hour ratings - Punk-Heyman tease draws big audience leading into Summerslam, Cena-Bryan promo exchange even with Battle Royal, more

Aug 18, 2013 - 12:41:28 PM
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By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

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The tease of C.M. Punk vs. Paul Heyman at the end of Monday's Raw drew in WWE's biggest audience of the past three months. Whether it translates to Summerslam PPV buys for Punk vs. Brock Lesnar and the rest of the card remains to be seen.

Raw's over-run segment produced a 2.63 rating (1.647 million viewers) in the key male demographic of males 18-49. This topped the previous high-mark of the last three months - a 2.53 over-run rating on the July 15 episode following the Money in the Bank PPV.

Included was Raw's peak viewership of 1.778 million m18-49 viewers at 11:12 p.m. for the conclusion of the Punk-Lesnar brawl after Heyman avoided facing Punk in a match.

- Following Punk-Heyman in the rankings, the final promo exchange between John Cena and Daniel Bryan for Summerslam and the #1 contender U.S. Title battle royal matched each other.

Cena-Bryan averaged 1.520 million viewers over the course of 18 minutes in the desirable top-of-the-third hour timeslot. Included was peak viewership of 1.638 million viewers at 10:14 p.m.

Later, the U.S. Title battle royal averaged 1.572 million viewers. Included was peak viewership of 1.675 million viewers at 10:50 p.m. near the conclusion of the match.

Overall, the combination of Punk-Heyman, Cena-Bryan, and the battle royal helped make Raw's final hour the second-most-watched third hour since April. And give WWE momentum heading into Summerslam.

Overall Show Break Down in Males 18-49 Demo

- OVERALL: Raw scored a 2.05 m18-49 rating and averaged 1.283 million m18-49 viewers

- Q1: Raw opened with a show-low 1.61 rating for an immediate jump into the ring for Daniel Bryan vs. Wade Barrett, plus one commercial. By comparison, Bryan's show-opening "corporate make-over" segment last week scored a 2.02 rating in Q1.

- Q2: Raw stayed at a 1.63 rating for Randy Orton vs. Damien Sandow and one commercial.

- Q3: Raw jumped to a 1.82 rating for the finish of Orton-Sandow, which produced a stair-step increase from Q1 & Q2, plus two full commercial breaks.

- Q4: Raw was flat with a 1.81 rating for the Mixed Tag Botch Match, plus one full commercial break.

- Q5: Raw jumped to a 2.19 rating at the top of the second hour for McMahon Family Drama involving Mr. McMahon and Triple H, one commercial, and Kane vs. Titus O'Neil. The rest of the hour steadily dropped off from here.

- Q6: Raw dropped to a 2.05 rating for the first-half of World champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston and one commercial.

- Q7: Raw slipped again to a 2.01 rating for the end of Del Rio-Kingston, one commercial, various non-wrestling segments, and half of a commercial.

- Q8: Raw fell below the 2.0-mark with a 1.99 rating for The Real Americans vs. The Usos and one-and-a-half commercials leading to the top of the hour.

Overall during Raw's second hour, there was tremendous channel-flipping between Raw and "American Pickers" on History Channel. During the hour, a total of 253,000 viewers came over to Raw from Pickers and a total of 247,000 viewers left to Pickers.

- Q9: Raw jumped to a 2.37 rating for the first-half of the Cena-Bryan promo exchange. During this segment, Raw gained a chunk of viewers from "South Park."

- Q10: Raw fell to a 2.10 rating for the conclusion of Cena-Bryan, Fandango vs. R-Truth, and two full commercial breaks.

- Q11: Raw was even with a 2.11 rating for the first-half of the #1 contender U.S. Title battle royal and two full commercial breaks packed into the segment.

- Q12: Raw jumped to a 2.35 rating for the finish of the U.S. Title battle royal and one final commercial.

- Over-Run: Raw jumped to a 2.63 rating for the Heyman-Punk tease that turned into another Punk-Lesnar fight to conclude Raw. At the start of the over-run, Raw got a chunk of viewers from FX's Monday night movie and other programming that wrapped up at 11:00 EST.


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