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Post by Dr. Zoidberg » Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:53 pm

A thread for wresting TV ratings and buyrates. New and old.

WON: Segment-by-segment breakdown of this week’s Smackdown, RAW, AEW and NXT ratings

The good news for Smackdown is that the show consistently increased the audience, starting at 854,000 viewers and peaking for the main event of Roman Reigns & Ali & Shorty G vs. Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura & King Corbin at 1,019,000 viewers.

New Day vs. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode lost 89,000 viewers. The Lacey Evans squash and Nikki Cross promo gained 18,000 viewers. The Firefly Fun House, Drew Gulak vs. Kalisto and Braun Strowman promo gained 83,000 viewers. The in-ring with Daniel Bryan, Nakamura and Sami Zayn gained 60,000 viewers. The Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman, Rey Mysterio and Cain Velasquez in-ring gained 16,000 viewers. The part of the angle in the trainers office with Lesnar and Velasquez gained 10,000 viewers. And the main event gained 67,000 viewers.

In the segment-by-segment, for RAW, the high point with 2,457,000 viewers was Becky Lynch vs. Kairi Sane. The low point was the Aleister Black interview at 1,881,000 viewers (although that segment also had two commercial breaks in it). Lynch vs. Sane gained 108,000 viewers. R-Truth vs. Buddy Murphy lost 213,000 viewers. Street Profits interview and Hulk Hogan & Ric Flair coming out gained 15,000 viewers. Ricochet vs. Drew McIntyre gained 40,000 viewers. Viking Raiders squash lost 128,000 viewers. Andrade vs. Sin Cara lost 164,000 viewers. Charlotte Flair & Natalya vs. The Iiconics gained 98,000 viewers. Seth Rollins vs. Erick Rowan lost 56,000 viewers. Black interview lost 231,000 viewers. A.J. Styles vs. Humberto Carrillo gained 71,000 viewers. And the Rusev/Lana angle at the end gained 68,000 viewers.

Teenagers ranged from 47,000 for Lynch vs. Sane to 21,000 for Rollins vs. Rowan. 18-34 was strong for Lynch vs. Sane, Ricochet vs. McIntyre and Rollins vs. Rowan. Women 18-34 peaked for Lynch vs. Sane. Men 18-34 peaked for Viking Raiders and Black.

The first-to-third hour drop was 17.1 percent, not record breaking but much larger than has been the case in most weeks. They has also loaded the show, with the most pushed match, Seth Rollins vs. Erick Rowan, and the angle the show was built around, the Lana/Rusev face-to-face, both taking place in the third hour.

The first-to-third hour drops were 26.3 percent with women 18-49, 12.9 percent for men 18-49, 11.5 percent with teenage girls, 15.1 percent for teenage boys and 11.2 percent over 50. The most notable thing seems to be the Lana-Rusev angle idea was a major turnoff with adult women and didn’t seem to spark interest anywhere else either.

For AEW, the high point was 880,000 in the first segment. The low point was 701,000 for the Cody and Tony Schiavone car ride and Best Friends & Orange Cassidy vs. Alex Reynolds & John Silver & QT Marshall. Hikaru Shida vs. Shanna lost 85,000 viewers. The end of Shida vs. Shanna and the angle with Ortiz & Santana and the Rock & Roll Express lost 60,000 viewers. The Cody car ride and Best Friend s match lost 34,000 viewers,. The Cody/Chris Jericho contract signing and beating of Dustin Rhodes by Jake Hager gained 51,000 viewers. The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega vs. Jack Evans & Angelico & Kip Sabian lost 45,000 viewers. The end of that match plus the Jon Moxley/Peter Avalon angle and Moxley promo gained 9,000 viewers. And the Scorpio Sky & Frankie Kazarian tag title win over Pentagon Jr. & Fenix gained 55,000 viewers to 781,000.

For NXT, the Finn Balor promo grew 30,000 viewers. I had expected Balor promo vs. Hikaru Shida to be close, but AEW had a 795,000 to 607,000 edge. Bronson Reed vs. Shane Thorne lost 62,000 viewers. The women’s tag title match gained 143,000 viewers, so they ended up meaning far more than Balor. The War Games angle after the match lost 39,000 viewers. Grimes vs. Bate lost 163,000 viewers. Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly vs. Matt Riddle & Keith Lee lost 27,000 viewers in the head-to-head, but when AEW ended, they gained 145,000 viewers in the overrun so that’s probably a lot of AEW viewers. It probably also kills them in the last quarter because fans watch the NXT main events in fewer numbers knowing they can watch the AEW closing angle and miss nothing on NXT and still see its closing angle.

NXT did very close to AEW from 9 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with Asuka & Kairi Sane vs. Dakota Kai & Tegan Nox, going against the Jericho contract signing and Young Bucks & Omega match. The AEW edge was 730,000 to 679,000 during that half hour, the closest it has come. But NXT collapsed in the last half hour of the show with the Tyler Bate vs. Cameron Grimes match and tag title match, with the head-to-head tag title matches doing 781,000 to 467,000.

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The plane drama surely helped.

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Good to see a show main evented by Bryan/Cole doing well.

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The war heats up.

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Post by Dr. Zoidberg » Sat Nov 09, 2019 3:34 pm

Invasion boosts NXT ratings, AEW slightly wins night

NXT's invasions of Raw and SmackDown led to the show getting a boost in the ratings last night.

This week's NXT averaged 813,000 viewers, the best audience for the show since October 2. This was the smallest gap there's been between NXT and AEW Dynamite, though AEW still finished slightly ahead with 822,000 viewers last night.

In the 18-49 demo, AEW finished eighth for the night with a 0.35 rating. NXT came in 12th with a 0.30 rating.

Dynamite and NXT were both up from last week. Against game seven of the World Series, Dynamite averaged 759,000 viewers and NXT averaged 580,000.

AEW averaged a 0.33 rating in the demo last Wednesday, while NXT averaged a 0.18.

NXT was also up from the 698,000 viewers it did against game two of the World Series on October 23. Dynamite was down from the 963,000 viewers it averaged that week.

AJ Styles, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson appeared on last night's NXT, but them being on the show wasn't announced in advance. They attacked The Undisputed Era in an angle right before the episode went on the air and faced Tommaso Ciampa, Keith Lee & Matt Riddle in the main event.

Last night's Dynamite was the go-home show for Saturday's Full Gear pay-per-view.

https://www.f4wonline.com/wwe-news/inva ... ght-296836

NXT and AEW battle to first tie in ratings and viewership battle in week six, viewership migrates from AEW to NXT in big numbers

In last night’s battle between AEW and NXT, the gap between the two shows basically disappeared after weeks of signs NXT was gaining on AEW. Among live and same-night-DVR viewers, AEW drew 822,000 viewers and NXT drew 813,000 viewers. That gap of just 9,000 viewers is down from 179,000 last week.

10/30 – AEW lead = 179,000
10/23 – AEW lead = 265,000
10/16 – AEW lead = 302,000
10/9 – AEW lead = 350,000
10/2 – AEW lead = 518,000

In terms of actual cable rating, which is measured slightly differently (rather than total number of people watching in total for a small or long stretch of time, it measures minute by minute percentages of total possible viewers with cable, so it rewards shows whose viewers watch for a longer period of time), NXT beat AEW by a 0.62 to 0.58 margin.

This story has been developing for weeks, but solidified as a major concern for AEW this week. Last week, AEW went up against game seven of the World Series, but the bounce-back from where they were two weeks ago wasn’t great – they dropped 204,000 from Oct. 23 to Oct. 30, then regained only 63,000 of those viewers this week. When Smackdown was bounced from Fox from the World Series, they lost two-thirds of their viewers, but the next week back on the usual channel actually regained more viewers than they lost.

AEW drew 1.832 million viewers on week one – 1.409 million on the live airing and 423,000 on the replay. They’re down, 587,000 viewers (41 percent) for their live show in just six weeks, which is not likely breeding confidence within AEW or TNT that they’ve done things as well as they could have to hook viewers. It could be seen as a sign to reevaluate some of their assumptions, although the real time to “get this right” was the first three weeks when they had more than one million viewers and a chance to introduce their new wrestlers to a national audience.

Meanwhile, NXT more than regained the lost viewers from last week. Two weeks ago, the show drew 698,000 viewers, then dropped to 580,000, then rebounded to 813,00 viewers this week. Total viewership for the live premiere of both AEW and NXT two weeks ago was 1.661 million viewers. This week, it was nearly identical 1.635 million. What that says is almost everyone who watched the World Series last week instead of pro wrestling returned to pro wrestling this week, but a lot of people switched from AEW to NXT.

NXT had the advantage of angles on both Smackdown and Raw that involved NXT wrestlers, which introduced NXT wrestler to a larger audience, and also conveyed to Smackdown and Raw viewers that some Smackdown and Raw wrestlers were likely to show up on NXT this week. Combining that with the intriguing Finn Balor jump to NXT and heel turn, NXT had a lot going for it. Whether AEW can get those viewers back will be something to watch for the next couple of weeks.

AEW had a huge advantage among 18-34 males on week one – 0.73 to 0.23. That lead is gone, as NXT tied AEW with a 0.32 rating in both demos this week. They also tied last week with 0.28 ratings. It was a four-to-one lead two weeks ago (0.52 to 0.12) and a two-to-one lead the week before that (0.43 to 0.21).

They were basically tied in other key demos, with AEW having a lead (0.35 to 0.30) among all adults 18-49 and a small lead among 18-49 males (0.46 to 0.45).

https://www.pwtorch.com/site/2019/11/07 ... g-numbers/

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Raw Rating: Another rating among lowest of all-time for show, third hour with Cole vs. Seth in NXT Title match among least watched hours in Raw modern history

Last night’s WWE Monday Night Raw in USA Network drew a 1.54 rating among live and same-night-DVR viewers, essentially even with last week’s 1.53 rating, which was among the lowest non-holiday Raw ratings ever. The first hour viewership was pretty even with last week – 2.351 million tis week, 2.326 million last week. However, the first-to-third hour drop-off was 502,000, as the third hour dropped to 1.849 million viewers. It’s among the four lowest viewed hours of Raw. The main event was the relatively unknown (i.e. relative to top stars on Raw and Smackdown every week) Adam Cole, NXT Champion, facing the ice-cold Raw lead babyface Seth Rollins for the NXT Title.

One year ago this week Raw drew a 1.70 rating, two years ago a 1.95 rating, and three years ago a 1.95 rating.

The average rating for Raw so far in 2019 is 1.75. The ten week rolling average is 1.66.

https://www.pwtorch.com/site/2019/11/05 ... n-history/

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WWE Raw ratings down against biggest MNF game of the year

Going against what ended up as the biggest Monday Night Football game of the year, Raw set a record low for a non-major holiday show, doing 2.06 million viewers last night.

The show was on Veteran's Day, but that is not considered the type of a holiday that impacts ratings.

The episode was expected to do a weak number, with the combination of the San Francisco 49ers-Seattle Seahawks game, and that Raw was taped.

The only Raw episodes in modern history to fall under this number were this past Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. However, the third hour last night was lower than the third hour either of those nighs

It's hard to say taped was that big of a factor given the drop was only 76,000 viewers from last week while football was up two million viewers, to a Monday night season high at 15.98 million viewers. The first two hours were really not that terrible all things considered. The first hour itself was almost identical to last week but the audience drop was faster.

The third hour was the least watched third hour in history, even behind Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. That was likely due to the closeness and interest in the game, plus the six-man tag with Ricochet, Humberto Carrillo & Randy Orton vs. The OC wasn't going to keep viewers who had any interest in football. The main event segment itself did gain viewers from The Viking Raiders match with Flash Morgan Webster & Mark Andrews.

Raw was tenth overall for the night on cable, beating everything that wasn't ether NFL related on ESPN, or news shows.

The 26 percent drop in audience from hour one to hour three was the largest in history, but given the excitement of the game, which went into overtime, that isn't a shock either.

Raw was down 16 percent from last year's show on the same week.

The first-to-third hour declines were consistent among those under 50. Women 18-49 dropped 28 percent, men 18-49 dropped 32 percent, teenagers, both boys and girls, dropped 30 percent. The over 50 demo was down 19 percent.

The three hours were:

8 p.m. 2.36 million viewers
9 p.m. 2.06 million viewers
10 p.m. 1.75 million viewers

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AEW: 957,000 NXT: 750,000

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Post by Dr. Zoidberg » Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:03 pm

Almost back to a million, so that's good.

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Post by Bandit » Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:11 pm

And hopefully word will get around that this week was excellent with good angles, which may have been their weak point with some people who thought it was just all wrestling matches.

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Post by Dr. Zoidberg » Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:19 pm

Dave said Full Gear did about 100k buys.

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