That's true. Just a few weeks ago Big Show vs Randy Orton at 9PM gained 480,000 viewers and there were some Punk marks who got on Orton's case because it was a "horrible" gain, lol.
Actually, that was Bryan marks if I'm not mistaken. Bryan had done very well the week prior doing 500,000 and 200,000 gains in Q5 and Q6 respectively. But people (and since someone likes pointing fingers we'll just blindly say some Orton marks) decided that was poor for some reason I can't remember. So when Orton/Show gained less, Bryan marks were on that as "revenge".
However, let me just remind everyone Orton/Del Rio from two weeks ago only gained 280,000 viewers. I'm not saying that was a bad number or a good number, I'm just saying it for the record.
Punk/Lawler fight and Punk/Sheamus promo opening as strong as it did, on Labor Day no less is an excellent number. Then even better Orton/Ziggler managed to gain on top of that. Tensai/Rhodes against The Mask Bros took it down a notch, but Punk/Sheamus tease and the Anger Management segment had the top number of the night which is great.
I'm surprised Sheamus/Swagger and Kaitlyn/Eve only lost 85,000. I would've expected more tbh. Of course more were lost during the Anger Management's final skit which sucks. It was very entertaining but I suppose either people got tired of it, or people tuned out after Eve/Kaitlyn and just didn't think to come back right away. Ryback gaining 243,000 viewers with Jinder Mahal... Ryback is a ratings machine. How many times in this day and age can one guy have a squash and people be so into it? Not to mention he was very very over with the crowd in Chicago. I don't think I'll ever understand it at least until I see Ryback in a semi-important feud.
Kane/Bryan losing viewers in 10PM is not good, but... maybe it was due to the gain in Q8 with Ryback? Here's the thing with that excuse, from what I can see, all Q8's since Raw 1000 have actually gained viewers. Last week with Bryan/Truth gained 232,000. Two weeks ago with Otunga/Show gained 86,000. Three weeks ago even a Divas Tag drew 45,000 viewers. But the thing with all those dates is the 10PM slot always gained. Granted a segment or two in 10PM was Lesnar/Heyman/HHH/HBK related, but still... that excuse can't be used for the 10PM slot. I think ultimately when people saw they were just going to "Hug it out", they tuned it out. I personally found the crowd and the segment as a whole ridiculously hilarious, but I guess others didn't. Oh well.
So Marella/Cesaro was what overall brought down the last hour. Can't say I'm surprised. I'm not even sure the feud has gotten any TV time, as DesoRow pointed Santino's character is stale and done with and Cesaro is no draw. Believe it or not I'm actually surprised it wasn't even lower than that, but what can you do?
AJ/Vickie gaining the viewers again. And Cena/Del Rio (with Punk/Heyman at the end) did a good gain, but a terrible overall number.
So yeah, it was Labor Day so let's see what happens next week. The show opened strong, but ended weak. The second hour though as usual did the biggest number.
This doesnt make much sense since it was in the same quarter. Atleast in the online reports.
Im guessing the loss was Quarter 7. Which was Swagger/AJ backstage, 2 commercial breaks, Final Anger skit and most of the Ryback/Jinder match.
I then guess that the gain was in Quarter 8. Which was replays of the Ryback/Jinder match, commercial break, and start of the "Hug me" segment.
So from what I seen is that the start of the Hug me segment drew in eyes to begin with, but lost viewers when it started to drag.
I always dislike when they say "This and that gained/lost viewers" when the segment/match didnt even take up most of the quarters.
Sure, if it took up 10 minutes, but when a quarter has 2 commercials breaks and a 3 minute match. The match is not gonna draw just by looking at the quarter and unfair to blame the drop on that specific match.
I agree, and hate that the breakdown is written as is. Can't they just do something like:
Q1: (Put number of viewers, rating, and what was in the segment)
Q2: (Put number of viewers, ratings, gain/loss, and what was in the segment)