Re: **The Official Raw Ratings Thread** (Discuss Ratings In Here)
I think Raw should try to emulate SD. Smackdown gets less viewers, but the difference is not very big, you have to take in account the lack of stars, hype (no epic returns/debuts on SD) and the fact that it's on Friday and not live. Despite all of this they only get a million or so less viewers (at least during the Henry reign, not sure about the recent ratings since Bryan took over but I can't imagine them dropping too much). Imo Smackdown is just the better written show, if it was treated like the A show and was broadcasted during the week it would easily go toe to toe with Raw, and probably outdraw it.
The storylines are more basic but also have twists that actually make sense (Bryan/Big Show/Henry situation, Drew Mac beeing back on SD etc), it's not a Russo like clusterfuck, everyone gets some sort of push there and the matches are FAR more entertaining due to having much more time. It isn't a perfect show, as I said it lacks the over the top storylines and big time feel, but given the ressources they have they make the best out of it. Raw on the other hand has all the ressources they have but the show seems like style over substance nowadays, they have the over the topness but lack most other things. There might be a good RAW once in a while but it's far from consistent and you can only grow a fanbase by putting on a consistent good product (see SD as a positive, or TNA as a negative example).