There's a certain segment of the pro wrestling fanbase who couldn't care less about television ratings. And while I can understand why that might be the case, we know WWE often makes knee jerk decisions based solely on the numbers they get back from Nielson.
That alone makes them important.
So let's look at a few of the more interesting numbers from this past week's episode of Monday Night Raw, which was the Survivor Series fallout show.
- The show's opening segment with Ryback's short interview and match with Tensai was the highest rated of all three hours at a 2.91. That's still not great but it makes sense considering this was the first Raw after a pay-per-view (PPV) and curiosity should be high to see how the previous night's events were followed up on or explained.
- The next two segments lost viewers, with Kofi Kingston vs. Wade Barrett losing 298,000 viewers and Aksana vs. Kaitlyn losing 80,000. Not good but to be expected all things considered, especially after there was little real follow up after Ryback and nothing to build towards.
- Brodus Clay vs. Antonio Cesaro and the video of John Cena getting honored by Make-A-Wish gained 376,000 viewers, which is a lot and makes up for all they lost previously. However, this lead into the segment with Cena kissing AJ Lee and being attacked by Dolph Ziggler, which only gained 195,000 viewers at the 9 p.m. ET hour. That's awful. Remember when I hoped we could blame this? Well, this was one of the lowest gains at that hour in the three hour era. Or all year, actually.
- The Miz vs. David Otunga match later in the show gained 223,000 viewers after Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio and Great Khali vs. Primo and Epico both lost viewers. Miz getting over as a face perhaps?
- Once again, Sheamus was put into the 10 p.m. ET slot and did poor numbers, gaining just 105,000 viewers for his match with Damien Sandow. I think it's time to let someone else get the long match in that slot.
- Even more amazing is the segment with Ziggler brawling with Cena in the locker room and sending him through bathroom stalls lost 241,000 viewers. With what they have invested in that, and the fact that it was a Cena injury angle and played up previously, that's not good at all. So maybe we really can blame this angle.
- Finally, CM Punk's celebration to close the show gained 419,000 viewers to get to a 2.87.