They are actually trying a bit this year running big angles involving Lesnar and Cena, last Fall when MNF started Cena and Lesnar were not appearing on Raw. Also last year the election stuff was starting to ramp up in the US which also drew some viewers away from Raw.
After No Mercy Cena and Lesnar are off TV for the rest of 2017 (rumored) though.
They are going to be in deep doodoo if neither of them are appearing on another raw in 2017. Also Lesnar better be losing the title if that is case.
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They better put that title on Braun. If Cena and Brock are both gone for the rest of the year, Raw will be in real trouble otherwise. It's really hard to understand Vince being so obsessed with getting Roman over that he'll destroy the rest of his show to make it happen, but that's what's most probable.
Anyone know why numbers are slightly up compared to last year?
That's easy. Around the time of the NBA finals somebody realized internally that the erosion was too great and had to stop. At the rate that they were declining they were facing the prospect of 2010 TNA level audiences by 2019. Storylines began to become more serialized, and overall storytelling improved. Not to Attitude levels or even Ruthless Aggression levels, but enough that it was a noticeable difference from the cut and paste shows of early summer. Add John Cena in a WM feud with Roman Reigns and you have a real difference over last summer.
The low ratings put a real fire under them. They always had it in them to improve. It took a real crisis to do so.