Re: **The Official Raw Ratings Thread** (Discuss Ratings In Here)
Been updating the ratings I have as hadn't updated it since December. Some 2012 stats so far:
- 1 out of 7 episodes have averaged over 5 million (compared with 2 out of 7 for last year)
- No episodes have averaged under 4 million, although the January 9th episode was dangerously close with 4.002 million.
- RAW is currently averaging lower than this time last year - 4.47 million for this year compared with 4.86 million for the first 7 episodes last year an decrease of 0.39 million.
- Rather worrying though is when you compare the 4.47 million average with 2010, the first 7 episodes in 2010 averaged 5.31 million, so they've lost nearly 1 million viewers in two years. And that was when they had TNA competition on Monday's...
- 5 out of 6 episodes have averaged over 3 million
- The only episode to average under 3 million was on January 6th with 2.59 million
- SmackDown is currently averaging higher than this time last year - 3.11 million for this year compared with 2.99 million for the first 6 episodes last year an increase of 0.12 million.
Ignoring RAW's drop for a second and looking at SmackDown's 0.12 million increase. Is that down to Daniel Bryan as champion or the fact that SmackDown superstars are being featured on RAW? I think the latter, RAW is helping SmackDown.
BUT is that hurting RAW? Ignoring who is or who is not champion, is the overlap actually hurting RAW's viewership and hurting WWE's ability to develop new stars? If you don't like SmackDown then you may be put off watching RAW because SmackDown wrestlers on there (or if you are unable to receive Syfy for instance). This is a point beyond the weekly breakdowns but is SmackDown stars being on RAW hurting their ability to develop new stars for RAW and in the process hurting the ratings?