How can one person affect the ratings.
Look at the breakdowns, every single segment loses viewers but 2 or 3.
For Punk to increases the ratings his segment/s would have to gain on average 1.1 million viewers.
No one can do that weekly. NO ONE.
His momentum dropped as soon as he came back. I swear to god I am the only one that noticed this but this forum went from Punk is the best to Punk sucks one week before Summerslam, What happened.
BTW this years summerslam only did 40k buys better than last year.
That is very weak considering it was THEGAME vs UFCPPVGOD.
If a big UFC superstar that was drawing 1million+ buys can only bump your 3rd biggest PPV of the year by 40k, the problem lies elsewhere(BOOKING YOU MARKS)
1. 350,000 buys for Summerslam 2012 is preliminary estimate, Summerslam 2011 311,000 buys was the final number, estimated initial number was way down.
2. Summerslam 2012 did an increase of over 43% in domestic, 264,000 domestic. That is freaking huge. Dave Meltzer himself said the program was a big success, despite his loss to Cena at Extreme rules which in theory may have hurt buyrate.
According to a source, the Survivor Series pay-per-view buy figure is lower than the initial estimate of 280,000. It was reported that of that figure, 180,000 pay-per-view purchases came from the United States. The updated estimate drops the buy figure to 260,000 as only 160,000 pay-per-view purchases came from the United States for The Rock's first wrestling match in over seven years.
The estimate compares to 244,000 buys for Survivor Series in 2010 and 235,000 in 2009, which nearly got the show scrapped from the annual pay-per-view line.
Things like this happens. Summerslam garnered 296 more than the Survivor Series PPV 260,000. 350 is not little tho.
Cena mainevented Vengeance with ADR and the pay-per-view garnered 121,000 buys, down from 137,000 buys the previous year's event.
Punk mainevented against ADR and Miz and the event received 179,000 pay-per-view buys, which was down from the previous year's 195,000 buys.
So it's not like he decreased buyrates like nobody else did.
Survivor Series did 312k overall, a 26% projected increase over 2011. Cena/Del Rio Vengeance was a dead program and Cena nor del rio was on a hot run like punk was during Summerslam of 2011.
I'm not talking about anything post Summerslam at all, If punk was the difference maker you people make him out to be and if booking was the reason he was/is unable to draw? then prove the case to me. Summerslam was right in the middle of his hot run, explain lack of ratings increase.