WWE News WWE NEWS: Raw TV quarter-hours for Monday - Bryan-Authority blows away rest of the show again
Mar 13, 2014 - 12:11:47 PM
PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO BOOKMARK US & VISIT US DAILY
By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
For the second consecutive week, the interaction between Daniel Bryan and Triple H/Stephanie McMahon positioned at the top of the third hour blew away the rest of Raw in the quarter-hour TV ratings.
In the key demo of males 18-49, Raw peaked between 10:02 and 10:12 p.m. EST for the meat of Bryan's "Occupy Raw" bit setting up Hunter accepting a WrestleMania match.
Numerically, the Q9 segment at the top of the third hour averaged 1.747 million m18-49 viewers and scored a 2.78 demo rating. This grew on last week's show-high Q9 performance of 1.620 million viewers and 2.57 rating.
The next closest segment this week was 1.534 million viewers in the over-run for Bryan & Big Show vs. Randy Orton & Batista.
For non-over-run segments, Q5 drew 1.494 million viewers for Paul Heyman-The Undertaker and Q7 drew 1.484 million viewers for the end of The Shield vs. Rhodes Bros.
Then, there was the first hour. The first hour was not even in the ballpark of Fall TV Season first hour, which ranged between 1.1 and 1.2 million viewers. This week's first hour did not reach 1.2 million viewers and did not reach 1.1 million viewers until Q3.
Raw Break Down - M18-49 Demo
- Overall Show: 2.19 rating and 1.373 million viewers
Q1: Raw opened with a measly 1.081 million viewers for Hulk Hogan opening the show, John Cena interaction, and Wyatt Family interruption. Either fans were mad after last week, Daylight Savings Time threw off viewers, or there were other reasons why this opening segment performed poorly.
Q2: Raw dipped to a show-low 1.021 million viewers for Cena vs. Erick Rowan, plus two commercial breaks.
Q3: Raw bumped up to 1.151 million viewers for The Authority making a speech, one commercial, and The Usos vs. Ryback & Curtis Axel.
Q4: Raw bumped up to 1.186 million viewers for Big E. vs. Jack Swagger and two full commercial breaks.
Q5: Raw got a 26 percent top-of-the-hour bump to 1.494 million viewers for The Undertaker returning and Paul Heyman confronting him, plus one commercial. The segment peaked with 1.700 and 1.701 million viewers before the commercial.
Q6: Raw dipped to 1.476 million viewers for the first-half of The Shield vs. Rhodes Bros. and one commercial.
Q7: Raw rebounded to 1.484 million viewers for the end of the tag match, one commercial, and a Divas tag match.
Q8: Raw fell to 1.434 million viewers for two commercials and the first-half of Daniel Bryan hi-jacking Raw. The segment started to build momentum at the end of the hour, peaking with 1.725 million viewers at 9:55 p.m.
Q9: Raw skyrocketed 22 percent to 1.747 million viewers for the Bryan-Hunter/Stephanie confrontation and one commercial at the end of the segment.
Peak viewership was a ridiculously-high 1.922 million viewers at 10:10 p.m., then 1.919 million viewers at 10:11 p.m. heading to commercial. From 10:02 p.m. to 10:12 p.m. viewership was between 1.7 and 2.0 million viewers.
Q10: Raw fell back to the pre-Q9 levels with 1.431 million viewers for the first-half of Sheamus vs. Christian and one commercial.
Q11: Raw inched up to 1.449 million viewers for the second-half of Sheamus-Christian, one commercial, and a backstage segment.
Q12: Raw dropped to 1.365 million viewers for pre-main event happenings, main event ring intros, and two full commercial breaks.
Over-run: Raw increased to 1.534 million viewers for Bryan & Show vs. Orton & Batista. The segment was up from 1.429 million viewers for last week's over-run, but last week's segment included a rare mid-overtime commercial.
Caldwell's Analysis: Bryan vs. Hunter is going to carry WWE to WrestleMania this year. Last year, it was the C.M. Punk-Paul Heyman interaction surrounding Punk vs. Undertaker. This year, it's the Bryan-Authority show. WWE just has to be careful with how they frame it by not going over-board on the "Hippies vs. Corporations" theme that could take viewers out of the moment of what has been an easy-to-follow "Underdog vs. Power-Hungry New Boss" feud.
THE TORCH REACHES MORE COMBAT ENTERTAINMENT FANS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE
PWTorch editor Wade Keller has covered pro wrestling full time since 1987 starting with the Pro Wrestling Torch print newsletter. PWTorch.com launched in 1999 and the PWTorch Apps launched in 2008.
He has conducted "Torch Talk" insider interviews with Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Steve Austin, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Eric Bischoff, Jesse Ventura, Lou Thesz, Jerry Lawler, Mick Foley, Jim Ross, Paul Heyman, Bruno Sammartino, Goldberg, more.
He has interviewed big-name players in person incluiding Vince McMahon (at WWE Headquarters), Dana White (in Las Vegas), Eric Bischoff (at the first Nitro at Mall of America), Brock Lesnar (after his first UFC win).
He hosted the weekly Pro Wrestling Focus radio show on KFAN in the early 1990s and hosted the Ultimate Insiders DVD series distributed in retail stories internationally in the mid-2000s including interviews filmed in Los Angeles with Vince Russo & Ed Ferrara and Matt & Jeff Hardy. He currently hosts the most listened to pro wrestling audio show in the world, (the PWTorch Livecast, top ranked in iTunes)
REACHING 1 MILLION+ UNIQUE USERS PER MONTH
500 MILLION CLICKS & LISTENS PER YEAR
MILLIONS OF PWTORCH NEWSLETTERS SOLD
PWTorch offers a VIP membership for $10 a month (or less with an annual sub). It includes nearly 25 years worth of archives from our coverage of pro wrestling dating back to PWTorch Newsletters from the late-'80s filled with insider secrets from every era that are available to VIPers in digital PDF format and Keller's radio show from the early 1990s.
Also, new exclusive top-shelf content every day including a new VIP-exclusive weekly 16 page digital magazine-style (PC and iPad compatible) PDF newsletter packed with exclusive articles and news.
The following features come with a VIP membership which tens of thousands of fans worldwide have enjoyed for many years...
-New Digital PWTorch Newsletter every week
-3 New Digital PDF Back Issues from 5, 10, 20 years ago
-Over 60 new VIP Audio Shows each week
-Ad-free access to all PWTorch.com free articles
-VIP Forum access with daily interaction with PWTorch staff and well-informed fellow wrestling fans
-Tons of archived audio and text articles
-Decades of Torch Talk insider interviews in transcript and audio formats with big name stars. **SIGN UP FOR VIP ACCESS HERE**