CM Punk story line still not moving WWE Raw ratings
Despite all the buzz and major story line implications coming off the CM Punk-John Cena match at Sunday night’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view, the ratings for Monday’s episode of Raw were nothing special.
Raw did a 3.2 rating and 4.8 million viewers. That’s a significant increase from last week’s 2.9 rating/4.3 million viewers (that show was up against ESPN’s Home Run Derby), but the numbers still have to be considered a disappointment when looking at the trend.
To this point, the much-discussed Punk angle simply has not translated into a ratings spike. The rating for the June 27 Raw – the night Punk cut his initial worked shoot promo – did a 3.1 rating and 4.9 million viewers, numbers that are very similar to what this past Monday’s show did.
The three shows prior to the start of the angle were all in the 3.1 to 3.2 range and between 4.5 and 5 million viewers.
It will be very interesting to see what the buy rate comes in at for MITB, which was one of the most-anticipated pay-per-views in some time and ended up being one of the most critically acclaimed.