Wednesday, August 13, 2008

"What Memphis Watches" by Ron Guidry

This week saw the return of Memphis Wrestling to the airwaves and in its legendary timeslot. Unfortunately for MW, it didn’t produce those legendary ratings. A 1.2 rating is dismal but I’ll be fair and give MW the benefit of the doubt in that it was their 1st show. Considering the ratings Ch. 50 was pulling before MW’s show debuted, which was nothing, a 1.2 doesn’t sound that bad. I was expecting a higher rating. Even in it’s last days at CW-30 the numbers weren’t that low. I saw at least 2 billboards along I-240 promoting the new show, so they made an effort to let people know they were back on TV. Hopefully as time goes on the numbers will go up.

This week also saw the 2008 Summer Olympics begin. Before I saw the ratings I was anticipating Smackdown and RAW’s numbers to be just destroyed but to my amazement both shows held their own. The Olympics are drawing huge numbers on Ch. 5, basically killing the competition on a nightly basis pulling anywhere between a 15 and 23 rating every night. Smackdown’s rating was up almost a full point from 3.7 the previous week to 4.6 this week and that was up against the incredible opening ceremonies of the Olympics ( 16.9 rating, 26 share ). That’s impressive!

RAW was down this week ( 4.7 ) just over a point from last week ( 6.0 ). The Olympics drew an 18.7 rating Monday night with quarter hours of 21 and 22 during the last hour of RAW. For RAW to pull a 4.7 is incredible. I was shocked to see that good of a number and especially considering that was one of most boring shows RAW has put on in a while. I have come to the conclusion that wrestling fans in the Memphis area don’t care too much for the Olympics.

TNA’s Impact held steady from last week’s rating. I kinda feel bad for TNA as they were having such a great run in Memphis this summer. I thought they had turned the corner and their Memphis audience was growing. The good thing is that their numbers haven’t dropped lower that what they were before they had streak of good weeks.

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Note: The ratings for RAW is listed as 2 separate hours. I will round off, to the highest number, the averages of both hours for the final rating.

Thanks and enjoy!!!

TNA Impact (Thursday) 8-07-08

Final Rating: 2.4 [38,893 viewers] 3 share

Quarter hours:

1st hour: 2.4 [38,893 viewers], 2.6 [42,134], 2.3 [37,272 viewers], 2.0 [32,411 viewers]

2nd hour: 1.9 [30,790 viewers], 3.1 [50,237 viewers], 2.2 [35,652 viewers], 2.7 [43,754 viewers]

WWE Friday Night Smackdown 8-08-08

Final Rating: 4.6 [74,545 viewers] 7 share

Quarter hours:

1st hour: 4.4 [71,303 viewers], 4.0 [64,821 viewers], 4.2 [68,062 viewers], 4.9 [79,406 viewers]

2nd hour: 5.7 [92,370 viewers], 4.0 [64,821 viewers], 4.5 [72,924 viewers], 5.0 [81,027 viewers]

Memphis Wrestling 8-09-08

Final Rating: 1.2 [19,446 viewers] 2 share

Quarter hours: 0.2 [3241 viewers], 1.1 [17,826 viewers], 1.7 [27,549 viewers], 1.6 [25,929 viewers]

TNA Impact Replay 8-09-08

Final Rating: 0.9 [14,585 viewers] 2 share

Quarter hours:

1st hour: 0.9 [14,585 viewers], 1.0 [16,205 viewers], 1.0 [16,205 viewers], 0.8 [12,964 viewers]

2nd hour: 0.8 [12,964 viewers], 1.0 [16,205 viewers], 0.8 [12,964 viewers], 0.8 [12,964 viewers]

WWE A.M. 8-10-08

Final Rating: 0.9 [14,585 viewers] 2 share

Quarter hours: 1.2 [19,446 viewers], 0.9 [14,585 viewers], 0.7 [11,344 viewers], 0.8 [12,964 viewers]

WWE Raw 8-11-08

Final Rating: 4.7 [76,165 viewers] 6 share

1st hour: 4.6 [74,545 viewers] 8 share

Quarter hours: 4.6 [74,545 viewers], 4.7 [76,165 viewers], 4.8 [77,786 viewers], 4.1 [66,442 viewers]

2nd hour: 4.7 6 share

Quarter hours: 4.4 [71,303 viewers], 5.2 [84,268 viewers], 4.4 [71,303 viewers], 4.8 [77,786 viewers]

Overrun: 3.3 [53,478 viewers]

----Ron Guidry works for a Memphis TV station and provides the rating analysis every week. He was formerly known as “The Penguin” was the old Kick Ass Wrestling promotion.

----I will be posting the results of our first RRO Memphis Wrestling TV Poll along with a detailed ratings report on Memphis Wrestling tomorrow.