Re: **The Official Raw Ratings Thread** (Discuss Ratings In Here)
1) GREAT number for Taker/HBK. What makes it even better is the fact from the looks of it, they weren't even experiencing their usual losses in the first hour. I mean Sheamus/Ziggler losing only 6,000, followed by a 200,000 plus gain, despite the 200,000+ loss after that, really shows that Taker/HBK took the normally high start and added even more to that. So overall the angle is paying off, and as it should. It's a very well written angle and that alone would give it good bumps. Add in the fact that we're dealing with two very highly proven draws in that segment in Taker and HBK, and they're getting great numbers for it week after week. Doesn't matter if the combination is Taker/HBK, Taker/HHH, or HBK/HHH, the program is always pulling in the goods. Next week if I'm not mistaken will have all three of them together, so it will be interesting to see what happens then.
2) Punk/Miz losing 888,000 viewers, even after a nearly equal gain in the previous quarter is NEVER good under any circumstance. It's a terrible drop even in that spot, but especially bad considering the WWE Champ was in it and I assume that timeslot also has the Jericho portion. This all being said, the fact is it was in a random quarter hour, and CM Punk MATCHES have never drawn well. However if next week Punk and Jericho have a segment after what Jericho's promo on Raw, and it doesn't draw in viewers, then that will be a bad sign.
3) Rock's concert gaining only 509,000 viewers is terrible by Rock standards. BUT, this proves a point. Taker and HBK certainly aren't the draws Rock is, but their segment soared while Rock's didn't have anywhere near the gain even in a better spot for gains on the show. What this shows is that rather than just solely relying on the drawing power of Rock (and Cena), they need to give the fans a reason to care about the feud, the segments, etc. I'm sure people knew Rock was just going to rip on Cena through song and figured there wasn't much a reason to watch. The feud has become predictable and uninteresting. Right now it literally is only on name value that the match is the main event, because the build up and numbers even have been underwhelming (though not necessarily "bad").
Overall there weren't as many drops as usual I believe which is a good sign. Don't know what the opening started with though.
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