Wednesday, August 01, 2007


Yep, that's the Raw rating. *I'm* scared of Vince McMahon right now, and he doesn't know me, nor where I live. Bad things are going to happen.


Anonymous Steve Khan said...

Meltzer says:

"We don't have the actual rating for Monday night's Raw at this moment, but the show did 3.4 million viewers. That was down 26% from last week, which was at terrible levels. The show's levels in the key demos were the lowest since the darkest days of early 1997."

That's unbelievable. I don't believe it.

12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know that is a really low rating but do ratings typically go down in the summer?

Can we blame Chris Benoit for this as well?

1:18 PM  
Anonymous Bob said...

Steve: Believe it. Meltzer updated the Observer site to post the same rating.

I think a lot of fringe fans have lost all interest after Benoit. Furthermore, I think even a lot of the hardcores are kind of sickened by the whole thing and are much more likely to flip the show off as soon as they lose interest. On top of that, while I personally enjoyed Monday's show, I watched it on DVR and so I was able to skim through the boring first part of it.

And while part of me finds what I'm about to say hard to believe, I think it's possible that pushing Lashley played a big part in this. While I thought that was a bad idea for PR reasons (not to mention ethical reasons), I didn't expect it to have a big rating impact. But, who knows, after all the steroid stories, maybe pushing a someone whose physique screams "steroids" made a bigger difference than what I anticipated. Not in the sense that people were necessarily thinking it through, but in the sense that it just reminded viewers of the steroids scandal and made them more inclined to look upon the product with disfavor and switch to something else.

3:39 PM  
Anonymous Bob said...

Anonymous, this was the lowest non-holiday rating in almost ten years, so it has little to do with a summer dip.

I don't think Raw ratings go down that much in the summer anyway. There was even a long stretch when they'd dip in the fall after Monday Night Football started.

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Bob said...

Let's see how long this holds up:


Final Thoughts:

This was a pretty straight forward. I’m glad that the decline in ratings hasn’t resulted in panic and desperation booking.


3:45 PM  
Anonymous CF Kane said...

I would say that the fact that the show is just really boring right now (Cena is at Hogan-level of over-exposure and 'invincibility', and the guys in line to challenge him of late have not really inspired much of an interest. Lashley? Yawn? How did Carlito get out of the doghouse? Orton? I don't mind him, but kicking Dusty Rhodes in the head doesn't exactly incite a lot of heel heat. As an old time wrestling fan, take my word on it, I wanted to kick ol' Stardust in the head more than once myself. Does this make Orton a face? Hmm...) is being reflected in the ratings, but at the same time, it's no 'more' boring than at many other times when the ratings held somewhat steady. I agree with Todd...this bodes very, very ill. The injuries haven't helped, it appears that Jeff Hardy has botched it again, and it's not as though the Game's return is all that exciting to anybody, as it'll just be business as usual. But, you know what, I didn't really watch it much, myself. I tuned in for a second, shrugged at the sight of Lawler and Slaughter, and turned the set off to get on with my life. It sounds as though I'm not the only one. Not sure how you fix that...but I'm sure frightened to find out what Vince does. Y'all have my sympathies...

4:03 PM  
Blogger Stephen said...

Any bets on Stevie Richards and others being repackaged as mouhty anti WWE journalists who get beat up every week as a petty swipe at FOX news and CNN?

5:36 AM  
Anonymous mean dean said...

Any bets on Stevie Richards and others being repackaged as mouhty anti WWE journalists who get beat up every week as a petty swipe at FOX news and CNN?

I think I could actually get behind that. I really liked Stevie during the RTC, and any Stevie TV time is good TV time.

1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RTC was awesome. One of my favorite angles of all time in the WWE.

4:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From the Wrestling Observer.

Raw rating news may not be so bad

WWE officials were told today by Neilsen that there was a technical issue that affected the listed ratings of several programs, with Raw being one of those programs. A new revised rating has not come out at this point.

8:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well we heard they were redoing the ratings then never heard again so maybe the first was right..lets wait and see..See later today or tomorrow if the new rating from monday is back up or still down then we will know

10:59 AM  

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