Re: **The Official Raw Ratings Thread** (Discuss Ratings In Here)
Ratings...interdasting. So, it seems Lesnar isn't the ratings powerhouse I and a lot of others thought he would be. I can hold my hand up over that. You can lay it on the angle or whatever you want but I don't think that's it because for me and most others, the angle has actually been really good and has involved some high drama moments that you would think would pull great numbers. We've yet to see how he does in PPV which is where I suspect he will be most effective though so I'd hold off on calling him a failure.
I think it will end up being the same scenario as Survivor Series and Mania where the ratings heading in are rubbish but the buys were up. Why? I think it's down to the fact that the older/other fans who are providing the extra PPV buys are either people who watch every week but don't buy the show and on this occasion do buy the show, or the other scenario is people who don't watch every week, hear that Lesnar is fighting Cena and that's all they care about so they buy the PPV. That's where the extra buys, if there are any, will come from imo. I thought this Lesnar/Cena program would do big numbers across the board and so far that hasn't happened which has surprised me tbh. I'd be even more surprised if the ER buyrate doesn't go up to some degree as well.
The thing with the rest of the other PPVs is that it's the same audience watching every week, give or take, but they aren't buying the PPV at the end of it all. In fact, less people are buying than ever before. The only times they managed to make things go up was with a red hot angle(MITB), Rock's return to the ring(Survivor Series) and of course Rock/Cena and HIAC(Mania 28).
Like I said, interdasting lol.