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Greg DeMarco’s WWE Smackdown Rating Analysis (6/4/19): #1 For All Of Cable For Tuesday

Smackdown is #1 in the ratings again!

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Greg DeMarco chimes in with your June 4 WWE Smackdown rating. What does it really tell us? Greg tells you!

We now have your June 4 edition of WWE Smackdown rating, and it continues to be good news for the show! Let’s start with the breakdown of the show’s rating.:

  • 2.016 million viewers
  • .60 rating in the all important 18-49 demographic
  • ranked #1 among all cable shows for the night

Here are last week’s results:

  • 2.072 million viewers
  • .69 rating in the all important 18-49 demographic
  • ranked #1 among all cable shows for the night

(Available via ShowbuzzDaily)

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

Smackdown maintained it’s hold on the #1 rating, even if it lost some viewers after gaining over the past two weeks. This was a difference of 56,000 viewers, which some would consider slightly above a rounding error. The share (your portion of the total audience) dropped from .69 to .60, but they still held the top spot for the week. Share can be interesting, as Smackdown had a higher share (.61) two weeks ago but a lower overall viewership.

You can manipulate numbers like viewership and share to suit almost any narrative, but in the end the Top 5 is the most reliable ranking because it puts everyone on the same playing field–competing for the same audience (viewers) on the same night (Tuesday) on the same medium (cable television). No matter what the Internet Wrestling Community will tell you (that’s the narrative I referenced in the first sentence of this paragraph), that is what advertisers care about. And WWE knows this as well, that’s why they’ve dominated this for years, and are trying to take steps to keep it. Remember, we’re in the summer now, and this is when WWE throws stuff against the wall to see if it sticks.

That doesn’t mean you can’t be unhappy with the product… what it does mean is that you can’t use ratings to justify your opinion. And you don’t have to–it’s your opinion! My opinion likely differs, but that’s what’s supposed to make this fun. As for the actual product itself, if you separate yourself from any hate about WWE going to Saudi Arabia in general, this is actually a well built card on such a short time frame. I think it might be the best of the three iterations of Jam In The Sand so far, too.

On the AEW front, Tuesday continues to be a great option for their eventual TV show (potential preemption issues notwithstanding). No shows offered by TNT finished in the Top 150 for Tuesday on cable. None. Zero. We need to make Tuesday Night Dynamite a thing!

As always, you can expect to see YouTube numbers for Smackdown tomorrow, as Raw’s came out today!


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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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