11/12 RAW Breakdown: Lawler’s Return, Ryback vs. Maddox, More

Posted by Matt Boone November 15, 2012 1 Comment

- As noted before, the November 12th WWE RAW did a 2.86 cable rating with 4.19 million viewers.

In the segment breakdown, Randy Orton and Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio lost 74,000 from the opener. The angle with Vickie Guerrero, AJ Lee, John Cena and Dolph Ziggler as well as Big Show vs. William Regal gained 468,000 viewers, which is strong growth for that point in the show. Layla vs. Kaitlyn and clips to hype Jerry Lawler’s return lost 234,000 viewers.

Lawler’s return with the segment involving CM Punk, Paul Heyman and Mick Foley gained 745,000 viewers for a high 3.38 quarter hour rating. The end of the angle lost 876,000 viewers.

Sin Cara, Rey Mysterio, Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel vs. Titus O’Neil, Darren Young, Primo and Epico gained 233,000 viewers in the last few minutes. Tensai vs. R-Truth lost 253,000 viewers. Brad Maddox vs. Ryback gained 755,000 viewers for a 3.28 quarter rating in the 10pm timeslot. This is the best 10pm growth in a long time.

Sheamus vs. David Otunga lost 910,000 viewers, which would be among the most viewers lost in one segment all year. Kane and The Miz vs. Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow lost 40,000 viewers. The lowest point of the whole show came at the beginning of CM Punk vs. John Cena. The first half of that match lost 313,000 viewers and did a 2.42 quarter hour rating. It picked up at 11pm for the overrun, finishing with a 2.99 quarter rating after gaining 528,000 viewers.

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

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      I could understand these kind of results back during the “Monday Night Wars” when there was an alternative wrestling program to flip back and forth between the two. But now, why change back and forth? Past few years, Raw’s been to where you watch a half hour, remember how bad the week before’s Raw was, see this one isn’t getting any better, and change the channel to something else. Not changing it back for the rest of the night.

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