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6/4 RAW Breakdown: John Cena vs. Michael Cole, Ryback’s RAW Debut, CM Punk, More

– The June 4th WWE RAW Supershow scored a 2.92 cable rating with 4.28 million viewers. The show did a 2.5 rating in Male Teens (up 14%), a 2.4 in Males 18-49 (same as previous week), a 0.9 in Female Teens (up 50%) and a 1.2 rating in Females 18-49 (up 20%). This was the week that WWE brought John Cena back and Cena draws females at a level nobody else does on RAW.

The show started out strong with Cena’s promo doing a 3.27 quarter rating. Things went down from there and never got back up. Cole trying to get out of the match backstage and the beginning of Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler lost 753,000 viewers, a bad sign. The finish of their match and the attack from Alberto Del Rio plus Sin Cara vs. Hunico gained 302,000 viewers.

Ryback’s RAW debut against two local wrestlers lost 298,000 viewers. Kane vs. CM Punk in the 10pm timeslot gained 340,000 viewers. The first part of the match did a 2.93 rating while the finish got up to a 3.02 quarter rating. This is a little less than average for that timeslot but better than what Punk has been drawing as of late.

Kofi Kingston and R-Truth vs. Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks lost 646,000 viewers and John Cena vs. Tensai gained 514,000 viewers, which is very strong for the 10:45pm quarter. Cena vs. Michael Cole gained 299,000 viewers for a 3.14 rating in the overrun, which is a weak gain for the end of the show.

For the main event, Male Teens went from a 2.2 rating to a 2.7, Males 18-49 went from a 2.0 to a 2.5, Female Teens went from a 0.8 to a 1.3 rating and Females 18-49 went from a 1.0 to a 1.3.

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

  • Chris

    TNA just owned Raw once again as far as a well booked show with great wrestling goes. How come WWE can’t do this?

  • Stockton Joe

    @Jamie – you hit the nail on the head (an interesting metaphor) on this one. The REAL money comes from the merchandising. Whoever thought up the idea of the glow-sticks really WAS an evil genius. “Daddy – I gotta have a Cena t-shirt and a couple of DX glow-sticks.” Well, I can buy the t-shirt a couple of sizes too large and he can wear it for a few years until he outgrows it, or it wears out. But the glow sticks are gone within a couple of hours. Then they’re back at me to buy them more.

    Blood all by itself isn’t going get the job done. And that ship has sailed. Get used to it. Some blood, judiciously used WITH GOOD STORY LINES, can compliment and be an asset. You want the “attitude era?” Go buy the WWE DVD’s of it. Of course, WWE will be crying all the way to the bank, because it costs them nickle-nothing to make those DVD’s, so they represent 95% profit for WWE. And the best thing is, nobody is getting “hurt” anymore.

  • poko

    I can do without blood on RAW, personally. I think it should be a PPV thing. And taking out chair shots to the head was a necessity. Improved storylines, though? Absolutely.

    All they really need to do is to focus on WRESTLING, and give us high quality, high drama matches with intelligent buildup and characterization.

  • Chris

    Maxwell might I suggest if you want all of those things to watch TNA.

  • Jamie

    @maxwell you are right but we who want all these things don’t buy things like crapy John cena tshirts and hornswaggle hats or PPV’s

  • Maxwell

    WWE..Wanna know how to boost your ratings? Well than keep reading, GET RID OF PG..we wants blood, we want pillow fights for the divas,we want better storylines, we want to hear bad lanuage, we want to hear crowds explode with chants, such as HOLY SHIT, or THIS IS AWESOME.