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Raw vs. SmackDown Live: Which show included more wrestling (Oct. 31 - Nov. 01)?

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It’s a new era in WWE, and there is an ongoing competition between the Raw and SmackDown Live brands. This column is focused on how much televised wrestling content is seen on each brand when commercial time is removed from the equation.

Televised match times

Here is the amount of television time given to each match on the October 31, 2016 edition of Raw:

  • 4m 29s: Enzo Amore vs Luke Gallows (1 commercial break)
  • 3m 03s: Brian Kendrick vs TJ Perkins (1 break)
  • 5m 17s: 12-Man Battle Royal (1 break)
  • 5m 31s: Alexander, Dorado, Swann vs Nese, Gulak, Daivari
  • 5m 53s: Bayley vs Nia Jax
  • 4m 06s: Cesaro and Sheamus vs Shining Stars
  • 12m 18s: Roman Reigns vs Chris Jericho (1 break)

Here is the amount of television time given to each match on the November 1, 2016 edition of SmackDown Live:

  • 2m 08s: Kane vs Randy Orton
  • 2m 21s: Becky and Nikki vs Alexa and Carmella (1 break)
  • 2m 00s: American Alpha vs Spirit Squad
  • 0m 07s: Dolph Ziggler vs Curt Hawkins
  • 1m 24s: The Usos vs The Headbangers
  • 10m 06s: AJ Styles vs Dean Ambrose (1 break)

If you sorted all 13 matches across both shows this week by televised match time, the 5 shortest entries would all come from SmackDown Live. Ambrose’s televised match time was actually longer than the sum of those 5 entries.

Results for Week 15

Raw total televised content: 2h 13m 21s
Raw televised wrestling time: 40m 37s (7 matches)
Raw wrestling time percentage: 30.5%

SmackDown Live total televised content: 1h 22m 23s
SmackDown Live televised wrestling time: 18m 06s (6 matches)
SmackDown Live wrestling time percentage: 22.0%

Overall results for the brand split

Here are the overall results for the brand split thus far, which began on July 25th:

Raw total televised content: 33h 34m 44s
Raw televised wrestling time: 11h 04m 55s (120 matches)
Raw wrestling time percentage: 33.0%

SmackDown Live total televised content: 20h 37m 50s
SmackDown Live televised wrestling time: 6h 19m 45s (72 matches)
SmackDown Live wrestling time percentage: 30.7%

Combined total televised content: 54h 12m 34s
Combined televised wrestling time: 17h 24m 40s (192 matches)
Combined wrestling time percentage: 32.1%