Originally Posted by Brye
Shouldn't what actually happens in the segments have to do with who tunes in and out?
Have an exciting segment with Zack Ryder and Jack Swagger and it has a good chance of drawing a decent quarter hour. Have the exact same segment with John Cena and Triple H and it's practically guaranteed to draw a big quarter hour number. It's a combination of storylines and the stars in them. When guys like Cena and HHH aren't really doing anything of note, they still draw based on their name alone. Put them into big time situations and they deliver big time numbers. The likes of Swagger and Ryder don't have that same attachment to the fans and familiarity with them either so they don't perform as well until they reach that level. It's common sense really and since you've been in many ratings threads and have seen the breakdowns, you should know the formula that works by now.
Star A + Star B + Exciting Storyline = Success
Megastar A + Megastar B + Exciting Storyline = Big Success
Icon/Legend A + Icon/Legend B + Exciting Storyline = HUGE Success