As well as the Cena factor SDL advertised 3 title matches a week in advance. Raw can't hype the card up in advance because it would deprive Steph of her opening promo.
Yeah. I've been saying for years that they should announce the main event a week ahead and then advertise the shit out of it all week to get people excited for the show. In addition, it changes up their stale ass show opening promo formula.
I remember in 2007 when under 5million viewers was a nightmare for Raw...now look at it
Factoring DVR and Hulu views, they're probably closer to 4 million nowadays.
That's my thing with tv in general these days. Do Nielsen type tv ratings even matter anymore? Because there's tons of people who watch stuff on Hulu or even wait till seasons are over and then binge watch. Ratings are no longer the end all be all of weather or not a show is popular. With the amount of people who are cord cutters growing all the time aren't ratings going to become obsolete at some point?
Post by ________ has left the building on Dec 30, 2016 9:41:50 GMT -5
I don't know why people are figuring Vince is pissed that Smackdown beating Raw in the ratings. Quite the opposite. A strong Smackdown means Vince got leverage again when it comes to contract renewals since both shows are a package deal. If people are paying attention, USA don't have that many shows that do higher than Raw in Nielsen numbers. And even then, they don't add to the weekly number. Raw being the anchor and with Smackdown rising, makes WWE programming even more valuable to USA.
That's because the raw main event is awful. They have some unbelievable fatty as world champion, Rollins is a terrible face and his character just isn't very interesting. Reigns still ain't worki0ng. Just put the belt on Braun matches may be dogshit but at least he looks like a champion compared to fats and vanilla
People they cannot kill SDL. That would piss off the one TV partner they need and have left. They need SDL to succeed to keep Bonnie Hammer and USA happy.
not to mention that some of their biggest shows of the year is the NYC house shows immediately following Christmas... this year that was a Smackdown tour.
You could say that's because Christmas was on a Sunday... but that ignores they could have spent the rest of the week with the Raw house shows but didn't and skipped holding one on the 27th because Smackdown was on.
They do not see Smackdown as being massively beneath Raw.