Swagger Match Bombs on RAW, Huge Success for Cena and Punk, More

- As noted before, the February 25th WWE RAW did a strong 3.43 rating with 4.70 million viewers.

In the segment breakdown, the show opened strong with Vince McMahon, Paul Heyman, Brock Lesnar and Triple H for a 3.6 quarter rating. We only have estimates on the gains and losses this week but Ryback vs. Dolph Ziggler lost about 285,000 viewers. CM Punk’s promo and trailer for The Call gained around 420,000 viewers – huge numbers for that time slot. The Great Khali vs. Mark Henry lost around 285,000 viewers. Jack Swagger, Zeb Colter and Alberto Del Rio at 9pm gained about 285,000 viewers for a strong 3.7 quarter rating.

Antonio Cesaro vs. Randy Orton lost about 430,000 viewers while Cody Rhodes vs. R-Truth stayed even. Kane and Daniel Bryan vs. Darren Young and Titus O’Neil lost another 285,000 viewers. The Shield’s promo at 10pm with Sheamus and Randy Orton getting involved gained around 285,000 viewers for a 3.4 quarter rating.

The big drop of the night came with The Miz vs. Jack Swagger, losing around 430,000 viewers. John Cena’s promo gained around 140,000 viewers and CM Punk vs. Cena in the main event gained 1,002,000 viewers for a 3.9 overrun rating – a huge success.

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

  • Chelsii

    Oh look, CM Punk drawing almost 500k. Who would’ve thunk it?

    • PlanoStu

      Lol, another way to look at it Chelsi is that they tuned in to see Cena win. Or you can say they tuned in to see an amazing match!

      • Sean Patrick

        I think she means his promo (420k), which is huge next to the 140k Cena pulled in with his.

    • Rob

      Punk drawing is nothing new!

      • DoingMaThing

        Keep lying to yourself lol. Everyone thought Undertaker was gonna return after the match.

        • UMpunkBLN

          I am not even sure anymore if youre really that stupid or so damn good at lying to yourself. Even facts wont change the way you think…you must be clearly stupid. But I never expected intelligence from the cancer of WN.

        • http://www.facebook.com/Mohammed.Abd.Elfatah.Montaser Mohamed Abdo

          only stupid ones .. not logical.

    • DoingMaThing

      Lol you’re so funny. They thought Undertaker was gonna return thats. Its not because they wanted to see Punk vs Cena. Silly Punktard

      • Chelsii

        Who said I was talking about the match?

      • http://www.facebook.com/michael.agri.5 Michael Agri

        Goodness you’re in denial. The fact is that CM Punk and John Cena draw for ratings…period. People knew to expect a great match from the two.

        • DoingMaThing

          You’re the one in denial sir. Punk doesn’t draw as much as you think. People watched the match for Cena and Undertaker

          • Thatoneperson

            We’re talking about his promo. Herp derp

          • http://www.facebook.com/michael.agri.5 Michael Agri

            Assumptions is all you’re saying. If they were there for Undertaker, they would’ve tuned in towards the end of the match.

    • Anonymous Raw GM

      you can thank the ROck for bringing the old guys to tune back to Raw.. their demograph has shifted base ever since Rock became champ.

      And most of them came back to watch the last segment because they were expecting Taker to return to tv that night..

      • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.douglas.96 Joseph Douglas

        Neither of your theories applies to me.

        • Anonymous Raw GM

          not surprising to me at all.. i mean that’s expected from Junk marks.. esp the ones that belong to the CKMA club

  • http://www.facebook.com/rahulaijaz Rahul Aijaz

    Best match in the world!

  • http://twitter.com/bpkosher Bradley Patterson

    actually I think most people tuned in cause they
    thought undertaker would return during or after that match….

    • Sean Patrick

      I still say they could have replaced the word “God” with “Phenom” and it would have been the perfect set up.

      • http://www.facebook.com/rahulaijaz Rahul Aijaz

        Yeah, but ‘I am God’ sounded awesome. It sounds cool when anyone says that…… except Santino Marella. :))

  • Chelsii

    It’s also like the several consecutive week in a row where an Orton match lost viewers. Stopped drawing a long time ago and they’re sick of seeing him unnecessarily go over the same guys. Send Orton back to 2002.

  • Sean Patrick

    I 100% blame Miz for that drop. Swagger is such a hot topic right now and Miz couldn’t be more boring as the Man of 100 Rivalries, yet master of none. Here’s an idea: stick to just wrestling until you’re good at that, instead of doing talk shows/commentary/press tours/movies non-stop.

  • Rg41982

    I blame the miz. Swagger or should I dubb them zeb with his sidekick swagger is great. I’m liking the build up but if y’all have been listen to ziggler promos he will cash in mib by or during wrestlemania so I expect a good suprise for that match. I don’t really care about the mid card build up 2 much every superstar is putting on great matches these last few weeks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.douglas.96 Joseph Douglas

    So Cena’s promo only gained 140 thousand. But you put Punk in there and it gains over a million? Who is really the biggest draw in the WWE?


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