Greg DeMarco’s look at the WWE Raw YouTube viewership for the May 27th broadcast–where Brock delivers big time views!
As we all know, social media and other outlets have become a huge means of drawing in interaction and viewers for WWE. Most people will point to television ratings like they did during the Monday Night Wars in the late 1990’s, however that can be skewed with so many various means of watching today that do not include cable television. As such, YouTube has joined social media as a metric as important to WWE as television ratings (if not more). The weekly WWE Raw YouTube Performance Report is a look into that success metric.
As you’ve become accustomed to, here is this week’s WWE RAW YouTube Performance Report, compiled mid-day Wednesday (approximately 36 hours after Raw went off the air), for the 5/20/19 edition of WWE Raw:
- Brock Lesnar’s Money In The Bank Realization – 4.825 million views
- Shane McMahon vs. Lance Anoa’i – 1.012 million views
- R-Truth 24/7 Championship “title defense” at the Memorial Day BBQ – 950k views
- Kofi Kingston & Seth Rollins want Brock Lesnar’s decision – 804k views
- Seth Rollins vs. Sami Zayn – 615k views
- Sami Zayn Electric Chair segment – 612k views
- Rey Mysterio to surrender the United States Championship – 581k views
- Firefly Fun House introduces “The Fiend” – 471k views
- Braun Strowman vs. The Miz vs. Baron Corbin vs. Bobby Lashley – 470k views
- Becky Lynch & Nikki Cross vs. The IIconics – 261k views
- Dolph Ziggler fights Xavier Woods – 256k views
- Ricochet vs. Cesaro – 237k views
- Shane McMahon promo against Roman Reigns – 234k views
- The Revival show up at the BBQ – 232k views
- Baron Corbin sucker punches an injured AJ Styles – 215k views
- Dolph Ziggler promo on Kofi Kingston attacks – 184k views
Greg DeMarco’s WWE Raw YouTube Ratings Analysis – The Numbers
- 5/27 edition of Raw: 11.959 million total views across 16 videos
- 5/20 edition of Raw: 10.600 million total views across 18 videos
- +1.359 million views, 12% increase for this week over last week
- 5/27 Top 5: 8.206 million views
- 5/20 Top 5: 6.469 million views
- +1.737 million views, 26% increase over last week
- 5/27 average: 747k views
- 5/20 average: 588k views
- +158k views per video, 26% increase over last week
Greg DeMarco’s WWE Raw YouTube Ratings Analysis – The Meaning
For the second week in a row, we saw an increase in overall viewership. This week, we can attribute that fact almost exclusively to Brock Lesnar. Brock’s hilarious antics occupied two of the Top 5 spots this week, hitting 5.63 million views alone, which represents 47% of the total views. That’s thanks to a HUGE 4.825 million views for the video where he make a personal discovery–he has a year to cash in Money In The Bank. That’s one of 2019’s funniest moments so far, and it delivered one of the most watched YouTube videos (in the 36 hour turn around).
Speaking of the Top 5, that number was up nearly 27% thanks to Brock’s big hit, with the Top 5 going over 8 million views for the first time since I started following this data earlier this year.
An important thing to note is that we had 2 less videos this week, but the overall number increased by 12%. That led to a big jump in the per video average, 158k views and 26%. Again, that can be attributed almost solely to Brock Lesnar’s 4.825 million view performance, where he paintbrushes Paul Heyman with the Money In The Bank contract.
- R-Truth as 24/7 Champion continues to deliver on YouTube, coming in at #3 with just under 1 million views
- The Shane McMahon vs. Lance Anoa’i match, critically panned online, still garnered over a million views and was the second most watched video of the week.
My favorite video…Cesaro and Ricochet tearing it up once again!
What did the YouTube results for this week tell you?
Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Lars Injured, ICW Champ Passes, UK WrestleMania and More! (6/21/19)
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Lars Sullivan Injured
Last week, it had been widely reported that Lars Sullivan had suffered a knee injury. Dave Meltzer has reported that the injury is serious, and could keep Sullivan out 6 to 9 months.
Many say that this is karma. I won’t say if I agree or not. Sullivan appeared to be in line for a big push, but, even with the injury, that could still be the case. The return timeline would put Sullivan on track for a return during WrestleMania season.
ICW Champion Passes Away
According to the official Twitter account of UK bases promotion ICW, ICW Champion, Adrian ‘Lionheart’ McCallum, has passed away at 36. No cause of death was revealed.
We are heartbroken to learn of the tragic death of ICW World Heavyweight Champion, Adrian ‘Lionheart’ McCallum. Adrian was a mainstay of ICW and British professional wrestling. Most importantly, he was our friend. His passing leaves a huge hole in the lives of those who knew him. pic.twitter.com/qmjnZTb5Lb
— ICW (@InsaneChampWres) June 19, 2019
Another sad and early death in wrestling. Many of you may remember Lionheart as back in 2014 during a match with AJ Styles, his neck was broken in two places, and was thought to never walk, let alone wrestle, again,
Nikki Bella’s In Ring Career Is Over
Wednesday evening, the Bella Twins made an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Nikki Bella revealed that he in ring career is over due to a cyst on her brain.
“I really wanted to go back and fight for the tag titles. I’ve always had my neck issues and after neck surgery, it hasn’t been ok. I feel like I needed to get that check up before we went back for the tag titles. I herniated the disc above where I had surgery. I had all this inflammation around the metal and I have a cyst on my brain.”
Regardless of what you think of them and their in ring ability, their contribution to the WWE Divas division and the the exposure they brought to it cannot be understated. Sending well wishes Nikki’s way
WrestleMania Coming To A City Near You?
In an interesting note, WWE recently sent out a survey to fans to look at interest in a list of cities that could potentially host WrestleMania in the future. The list of cities include:
— Boston, MA
— Toronto, ON
— Mexico City, MX
— Phoenix-Glendale, AZ
— Houston, TX
— Los Angeles, CA
— New Orleans, LA
— Tampa, FL
— Seattle, WA
— San Diego, CA
— San Francisco-Santa Clara-San Jose, CA
— London, UK
— Indianapolis, IN
— Las Vegas, NV
— Miami, FL
— Chicago, IL
— Philadelphia, PA
— Atlanta, GA
— Orlando, FL
— Dallas-Fort Worth -Arlington, TX
— Jacksonville, FL
— San Antonio, TX
It has long been rumored that the company has had interest in an international WrestleMania, so it isn’t a surprise to see London on this list. I would expect that we will see a WrestleMania occur their soon.
Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Brooke Injured, Tag Teams In AEW, EC3 Unhappy and More! (6/19/2019)
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Scarlett Bordeaux Released
One of the bright spots on Impact has been Scarlett Bordeaux. However, she is no longer a part of Impact as the company announced today that she has been released. Reportedly, Scarlett had asked for her release a month ago due to unhappiness regarding her pay.
IMPACT Wrestling confirms that it has released Scarlett Bordeaux from her commitments to IMPACT. We wish her every success in her future endeavours.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) June 18, 2019
I think Impact really dropped the ball with her by not having her be a part of the knockouts division. While I get the fact she is attractive, she also is a very talented wrestler. In the ever present battle for talent between WWE and AEW, I am sure Scarlett will come out a winner.
Tag Team Division In AEW?
One of the many complaints fans and media have had with the weekly WWE product is the lack of focus in the tag team division. On Tuesday, Tony Kahn appeared on the Steven Austin Show podcast and had the following to say about the tag team division in AEW:
“We’re super focused on it. One of the things we’re going to be focused on and something we’re going to do is establish a great tag team division. When we launch our weekly television show in the fall, we’re going to be doing a tag team tournament that’s going to have some of the greatest tag team matches ever on TV. We’re going to be starting that, it’s going to be one of the main focuses of our TV. There’s going to be team’s competing to get a first-round bye in that tournament, which is a big deal. And we’ve got some of the best tag teams in all of wrestling competing for our tag team championship coming up in the fall.”
If AEW is trying to do the opposite of what the competition is doing, than focusing on the tag team division is the way to go. Having it a part of weekly television will also be good for ratings, as many fans miss the days of a solid tag team division.
EC3 Unhappy In WWE?
Fans felt that EC3 was destined for big things in WWE, especially after picking up a victory against Dean Ambrose earlier this year. However, since then, the company really hasn’t seemed to have much creatively for EC3. It appears that after Monday’s segment with Baron Corbin and the New Day, EC3 has become frustrated.
Every time I make you laugh, I suffer more inside. https://t.co/CzHbw53oYj
— ecIII (@therealec3) June 18, 2019
To me this feels like another instance of WWE not knowing how to properly push an NXT star after they call them up to the main roster. He can talk, he has the look, and he can wrestle, so I really don’t understand where the disconnect is here with WWE.
Dana Brooke Injured?
In news that has been making its way across various outlets, Dana Brooke appeared to be injured during a Main Event taping before RAW when taking on Sarah Logan. Brooke was busted open during the match, and the match was promptly stopped by the referee. Video is below, but be aware, it is a bit gruesome.
— alex (@zaternn) June 17, 2019
Brooke is another talent that I feel the company really hasn’t done anything with since they brought her up from NXT. Many have commented that she has been working hard, putting in the extra time to become a better in ring performer. Here is hoping for a speedy recovery.