To show what carried the show, the Undertaker/HHH in-ring segment gained 1,122,000 viewers, the best 10 p.m. quarter gain in probably a year or more, doing a 3.85 quarter. Of course, when that segment was over, they were gone and Daniel Bryan vs. Santino Marella lost 932,000 viewers. Kelly Kelly & Aksana vs. Bella Twins and Cena promo on Rock lost another 480,000 viewers. So the great Cena promo only did a 2.86 quarter. The Battle Royal in the overrun gained 601,000 viewers to a 3.31 overrun.
Holy 10pm gain lol. Now you see, this is what myself and people like DesoRow are talking about when we speak of the importance of having a legitimate draw(s) to put in this all important holding spot. I can't remember the last time they had a gain this big for the 10pm time slot and it's all down to the fact that they haven't had anybody to put in it for so long. That's highly impressive and ever since this whole thing started, the HHH/Taker/HBK segments have been building viewers every week. However, practically everybody left when that segment was over which is the crux of WWE's problem right now and one I really don't see a solution for other than the real creation of true stars. The other thing to note here is that Cena's promo lost viewers and not just some but almost half a million. That's pretty shit and I don't know what the explanation for it is. Maybe the divas match beforehand is the cause, I don't know.
In the segment-by-segment, the C.M. Punk and Chris Jericho dueling promo did a 3.22 opening quarter. Punk vs. Daniel Bryan lost 289,000 viewers. The HHH/Undertaker video package gained 526,000 viewers and did a 3.38, which is excellent because video packages to build matches usually lose viewers and are considered more necessary evils to ratings. Kelly Kelly vs. Nikki Bella lost 816,000 viewers. John Cena vs. The Miz gained 388,000 viewers, which is weak for the top of the hour, doing only a 3.09. Primo & Epico vs. Jack Swagger & Dolph Ziggler vs. R-Truth & Kofi Kingston lost 221,000 viewers. The Eve Torres interview gained 225,000 viewers. Big Show & Sheamus vs. Cody Rhodes & Mark Henry and Rhodes showing the Floyd Mayweather-Show clips gained 3,000 viewers. And as noted before, the Rock’s promo pre-Cena gained 643,000 viewers to a to a 3.53, which is nothing remarkable for the overrun. And the Cena promo and him leaving and Rock finishing up lost 349,000 viewers and the show finished at a 3.30, which has to be considered a surprise.
Here comes the goodies lol. So the opener didn't do as well as originally thought but that's still a good number considering those involved. I only see them building upon that from here. The HHH/Taker video packages gaining that many viewers is just fucking insane. It actually gained more viewers and had a higher quarter than the Punk/Jericho stuff, than Cena/Miz at the 10pm slot and is only behind Rock in terms numbers drawn. Throw on the fact that it wasn't even a new video lol and I really don't know how to explain it. Legit insane. Eve's promo gained viewers. I think the last time a Divas segment gained viewers involved Kharma. Note to WWE, KEEP FUCKING PUSHING THIS GIRL! People are clearly interested. And now to the all important overrun. I just don't really know what to say about this tbh. An overrun featuring Rock's return to Raw gained just 600,000k? Further than that, it actually lost over half of that gain as time went on. Fucking hell. These numbers are wack and I don't know what else to say other than people don't want to see him peddling twitter trends and chants. They want to see him actually doing something meaningful. From all accounts, if HHH/Taker were on this show I think it would have done a lot better. Having them on seems to be a guarantee of at least an extra 700,000 viewers. That would have added a nice bump to the shows overall.
Anyways, I expect the shit to hit the fan once people get wind of this lol. Incoming OMGZ DA ROCK CNT DRAW DURRRRR party in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.....