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7/30 RAW Breakdown: Orton’s Return, Cena vs. Show Draws and More

– As noted before, the July 30th WWE RAW did a 3.09 cable rating with 4.50 million viewers. The three hours came in at 2.79, 3.21 and 3.25. This shows that even with the big numbers from RAW 1000, WWE still had trouble getting the entire audience tuned in at 8pm.

In the segment breakdown, Alberto Del Rio vs. Santino Marella lost 261,000 viewers from the opener, which is not a good drop for hour one. The angle with Damien Sandow and Brodus Clay with Vickie Guerrero dancing gained 214,000 viewers. Daniel Bryan and AJ backstage plus the recap of Stephanie McMahon attacking Paul Heyman from RAW 1000 lost 18,000 viewers.

Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan in a Street Fight at 9pm gained 521,000 viewers. Segments with R-Truth, Kofi Kingston, Daniel Bryan and AJ gained 274,000 viewers, which is a good gain for that timeslot. Kofi vs. Titus O’Neil lost 223,000 viewers while Randy Orton’s return vs. Heath Slater gained 40,000 viewers.

Chris Jericho and Christian vs. The Miz and Dolph Ziggler gained 51,000 viewers for a 3.24 quarter rating – a very weak gain for the 10pm timeslot. Tyson Kidd vs. Tensai lost 34,000 viewers while the third recap of the Triple H and Brock Lesnar RAW 1000 segment lost 246,000 more viewers. John Cena vs. Big Show in the main event with CM Punk on commentary gained 1,181,000 viewers for a 3.86 overrun. This was the best gaining RAW segment in a while.

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

  • sam

    on the basis of the last segment it would seem people are more interested in Heel Punk then Face Punk. but like jimbo said WWE will see it as Cena made the ratings

  • Jim

    Not surprised the viewing figures dropped when the recaps were shown. Too many of them for my liking.

  • john

    people just watch the first half of the show.. sees what matches there are then pick what they want to see then watch something else until the match they want to see comes on! BBOOOYYYYYAAAA

  • alejandro

    Santino doesn’t sell, and if the tag team match didn’t have a good gained is because people are stupid, it was a great match!

  • Jimbo

    Because people wanted to see what Punk was going to do, but WWE will interpret this as Cena vs Show = ratings and we’ll be subjected to more of that crap.