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WWE NEWS: Raw TV quarter-hour ratings - what does the rating for Bryan-Orton say about Battleground?, Heyman's proposal, McMahon-Rhodes, Los Matadores, more

Oct 3, 2013 - 6:10:13 PM
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By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

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Quarter-hour TV ratings for Monday's Raw capture a general lack of interest in the Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton feud heading into Battleground on Sunday.

The face-off between Bryan and Orton at the end of Monday's Raw scored the lowest over-run rating in the males 18-49 demographic of the past three months.

The segment scored a 2.05 m18-49 rating, compared to a 2.21 over-run last week, a 2.65 over-run the Monday after Night of Champions, and a 2.46 over-run rating leading into NOC.

- The highest-rated segment of Monday's Raw was a 2.29 rating for Paul Heyman's "proposal" to Ryback at the top of the third hour. This was down from a 2.47 rating for C.M. Punk's return segment at the top of the third hour last week.

The only other segment above a 2.0 on the night was a 2.05 rating for the Rhodes Family returning to hear a business proposal from Triple H & Stephanie McMahon at the top of the second hour.

Raw M18-49 Demo Break Down

- OVERALL SHOW: 1.87 rating / 1.178 million viewers

The entire first hour was below the show-average:

- Q1: Raw opened with a below-average 1.77 rating for C.M. Punk's show-opening promo exchange with Brad Maddox, plus one commercial. By comparison, the previous two weeks opened with 2.0+ ratings.

- Q2: Raw was about the same with a 1.75 rating for Punk vs. Big E. Langston, one commercial, and ring introductions for Fandango vs. Kofi Kingston.

- Q3: Raw inched up to a 1.79 rating for Kofi vs. Fandango, backstage segments and interviews, and two full commercial breaks.

- Q4: Raw increased to a first-hour-high 1.86 rating for Los Matadores's debut, plus one commercial.

The peak audience of the first hour was contained in Q4 - 1.467 million viewers at 8:53 p.m. for the end of Los Matadores's debut.

- Q5: Raw got its top-of-the-hour bump to a 2.05 rating for the Rhodes-McMahon Summit and one commercial.

Peak viewership was 1.610 million viewers at 9:06 p.m., which was one of the few times during the show that Raw touched 1.6 million.

- Q6: Raw fell 14 percent to a second-hour-low 1.76 rating for Curtis Axel vs. R-Truth, plus one commercial.

- Q7: Raw rebounded to a 1.92 rating for Brie Bella vs. Alicia Fox, one commercial, and Big Show flipping out backstage.

- Q8: Raw fell to a 1.80 rating for World champion Alberto Del Rio vs. Zack Ryder and two full commercial breaks.

- Q9: Raw jumped to a show-high 2.29 rating for Paul Heyman's "proposal" to Ryback and C.M. Punk's run-in. There was no commercial interruption, boosting the rating.

The segment included the show's peak audience of 1.663 million viewers twice at the end of the segment. Overall, the final five minutes of the segment averaged 1.6 million viewers.

- Q10: After the "proposal" segment, Raw fell 24 percent for the next segment, which featured two full commercial breaks and the first few minutes of The Shield vs. Dolph Ziggler & The Usos.

- Q11: Raw rebounded to a 1.87 rating for the end of Shield vs. Ziggler & Usos, Stephanie brow-beating Big Show backstage, and one commercial.

The peak audience was 1.380 million viewers for Stephanie-Show at 10:40 p.m.

- Q12: Raw fell to a show-low 1.69 rating for Santino vs. Antonio Cesaro and two full commercial breaks.

- Over-Run: Raw scored a 2.05 rating for the Bryan-Orton face-off to close Raw. The peak audience was 1.367 million viewers at 11:09 p.m. when Raw signed off.

Caldwell's Analysis: Clearly, damage has been done to WWE's main event feud of Bryan vs. Orton. It's also clear that WWE has to change up the dynamic of their top Power Trip storyline because viewers are losing interest by the week with other options on television.


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