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DeMarco’s WWE Smackdown YouTube Viewership Report (6/4/19)

Did anyone outperform The Undertaker and Goldberg on YouTube?



Greg DeMarco’s look at the WWE Smackdown YouTube viewership for the June 4th broadcast!

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 Smackdown YouTube Performance Report is a look into that success metric.

As you’ve become accustomed to, here is this week’s WWE Smackdown YouTube Performance Report, compiled overnight Thursday (about 36 hours after Smackdown went off the air), for the 6/4/19 edition of WWE Smackdown:

  • Goldberg and The Undertaker face-to-face – 5.096 million views
  • R-Truth vs Elias WWE 24/7 Championship Lumberjack Match – 1.662 million views
  • Shane McMahon attack on Roman Reigns – 686k views
  • Carmella vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Charlotte Flair – 645k views
  • Alexa’s Moment of Bliss with Bayley (plus Carmella & Charlotte Flair) – 348k views
  • Lars Sullivan promo w/Kayla Braxton – 296k views
  • Kofi Kingston promo with Dolph Ziggler – 226k views
  • The New Day vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn – 225k views
  • Andrade vs. Apollo Crews & brawl with Finn Balor – 222k views
  • Aleister Black backstage promo – 89k views
  • Kofi Kingston’s return to Ghana – 67k views

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WWE Smackdown YouTube Viewership – Greg’s Nerd Numbers

  • 6/4 edition of Smackdown: 9.562 million total views across 11 videos
  • 5/28 edition of Smackdown: 7.688 million total views across 11 videos
    • +1.874 million views, 24% increase over last week
  • 6/4 Top 5: 8.437 million views
  • 5/28 Top 5: 5.942 million views
    • +2.495 million views, 41% increase over last week
  • 6/4 average: 869k views
  • 5/28 average: 698k views
    • +170k views per video, 24% decrease over last week

WWE Smackdown YouTube Viewership – Greg’s Analysis

The overall views are up over last week, with the same total number of views. But that is in large part due to Goldberg and The Undertaker pulling over 5 million views. Say what you want…part-timers, old-timers, yada yada yada…THEY DRAW. If this video drew 2.7 million views (slightly above last week’s #1), the overall viewership for Smackdown on YouTube this week would actually have gone down by a marginal clip. Thanks to that same #1 video, the Top 5 for Smackdown this week saw a 41% increase. The total and the average were both up, all thanks to one video.

Right below that top video? The WWE 24/7 Championship! Since the introduction of that belt, ratings have been more stable, and YouTube views are up. It’s ugly, but that’s the point. It’s campy, but that’s the point. And it’s nothing but a success. Another consistent Top 5 performer, Shane McMahon, comes in 3rd this week. The two major women’s segments come in 4th and 5th, and will probably have combined for a million views by the time you read this.

Not a great showing for Kofi Kingston, as all three of his videos are in the bottom five. That’s a shame–he’s one hell of a world champion. Andrade, Apollo Crews, Finn Balor, and Aleister Black all join him in the bottom five.

My favorite video…Andrade bringing the intensity!

What did the YouTube results for this week tell you?

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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle: Brooke Injured, Tag Teams In AEW, EC3 Unhappy and More! (6/19/2019)

News Involving: Brooke Injury, Tag Teams In AEW, EC3 Unhappy and More!



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News here! Brooke Injured, Tag Teams In AEW, EC3 Unhappy and More!

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.

Jason’s Take

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.”

Jason’s Take

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.

Jason’s Take

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.

Jason’s Take

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.




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DeMarco’s WWE Raw Rating Analysis (6/17/19): Raw Finishes #1, #2, & #4

What rating did the go-home Raw for Stomping Grounds deliver?



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Greg DeMarco chimes in with your WWE Raw Rating Analysis for the June 17th episode, the last Raw before Stomping Grounds!

The WWE Raw Rating is in for the June 17 edition, and it’s another tale of WWE dominating everyone not named NBA:

  • Hour 1: 2.235 million viewers, .74 rating in the important 18-49 demographic (#1 ranked hour)
  • Hour 2: 2.303 million, .71 in the 18-49 demo (#2 ranked hour)
  • Hour 3: 2.078 million, .67 in the 18-49 demo (#4 ranked hour)
    • 7% drop in viewership from Hour 1 (8 PM) to Hour 3 (10 PM); -157k viewers

For comparison, here are ratings from last week:

  • Hour 1: 2.380 million viewers, .75 rating in the important 18-49 demographic (#1 ranked hour)
  • Hour 2: 2.086 million, .65 in the 18-49 demo (#3 ranked hour)
  • Hour 3: 1.909 million, .59 in the 18-49 demo (#4 ranked hour)
    • 19% drop in viewership from Hour 1 (8 PM) to Hour 3 (10 PM); -471k viewers

(Available via ShowbuzzDaily)

But what does the WWE Raw Rating really mean, Greg?

So another interesting week for WWE Raw ratings. The show averaged more viewers this week, and had two hours higher in the Top 5, but is being spun as a worse rating around the internet. the ratings improved, the viewership drop from Hour 1 to Hour 3 improved, and Raw continued to deal with a really difficult summer.

One thing we can’t ignore is the impact of two major network shows on WWE, as The Bachelorette drew big numbers for ABC, and American Ninja Warrior did the same for NBC. Both aired from 8 PM – 10 PM, the first two hours of Raw. One is a reality show, and the other is a sports-reality show, both targeting an audience similar to Raw (whose audience isn’t–no matter how hard y’all try–wrestling fans).

This was a go-home Raw for Stomping Grounds, but it’s for a PPV that many aren’t at all excited about. One problem we don’t discuss enough is the over-saturation of the WWE product. It’s all-WWE, all-the-time, 52 weeks a year. That is another challenge facing WWE that can’t be overlooked. We will have YouTube numbers tomorrow as usual!

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