John Cena Brings The WWE Raw Audience Back

This week’s episode of WWE Monday Night Raw did an average viewing audience of 4,155,000 viewers on the USA Network. The post-Hell in a Cell show, featuring the return of John Cena, saw a significant increase from the past 6 weeks. Below is how viewership broke down by hour:

  • Hour one – 4,315,000 viewers
  • Hour two – 4,185,000 viewers
  • Hour three – 3,965,000 viewers

The show ended up doing a 2.98 cable rating.

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  • JR Texx

    Guess this means Cena isn’t turning heel anytime soon?

    • Mysterion

      Seriously? About 8 years now. And he still hadn’t even gone remotely heel. And yet you still beg for it. It’s about as likely to happen as seeing Mohammed Ali knock out both Tyson Fury in 4 punches.

      • JR Texx

        At what point did I beg for it? I don’t really care about it, I just find his gimmick boring.

  • JR Texx

    Guess this means Cena isn’t turning heel anytime soon?

  • Mysterion

    I said last week these numbers would be indicative of Cena. I personally can’t stand the character but it’s undeniable he brings in the viewers.

  • Mysterion

    I said last week these numbers would be indicative of Cena. I personally can’t stand the character but it’s undeniable he brings in the viewers.

    • bearone7777

      Well if they allow him to change as I have read some where else, where he works as the HEEL against Daniel Bryan, and him and Nikki are together, they should be fine in the future. This company has kept him stale, he has done all that was asked of him, and more to tell you the truth. I do not know if you are going to agree with me, that is okay.

    • JJ

      I don’t believe this at all, it’s not Cena it’s the fact that it’s the night after the PPV, so many want to know the DB-Orton fall out, and as I suggested in my comment stuck around once one of the best raws was being displayed in a long time.

  • NeronWillRise

    Well, when you put all your eggs into one basket for a decade, that basket better carry.

    He’s carrying.

    But what happens when he’s gone good? If he blows a quad, gets another neck injury, or just becomes human, what then?

    I guess good fortune has graced WWE this long, they’ll just make another Hogan, Cena, Rock, whoever.

    • thepowerserge

      He’ll just come back MIRACULOUSLY again. I can’t believe they even had someone in creative write up that line for Sandow on this week’s show. But I guess we’ll never know what he does to heal so damn quickly. I mean, as most of you Cena homers say, he IS a cash cow.

      • bearone7777

        You have a huge thing here right, do YOU KNOW HOW MUCH THEY MAKE OFF OF THIS GUY??—-NOT AN ESTIMATE, THIS IS THE ACTUAL NUMBERS REPORTED FROM ANOTHER SITE—FINANCIALLY HE IS WORTH TO THIS COMPANY 135—155–MILLION DOLLARS A YR.!! Just saying!!!!

        • thepowerserge

          Didn’t realize I touched a nerve. But yelling? Really? You had to put all your words in caps? You really need to lay off the caffeine.

          • bearone7777

            I am so sorry I hurt your wittle ears!!!!

  • H.M.

    It COULD have been Cena, but to assume such is a bit of a stretch, don’t you people think? If you were to look at the whole picture, you’d have also realized that the fallout episodes of Raw from the PPV’s usually see a spike in viewership and then dwindle. It could be due to Cena being WHC, the fact that Heyman finally got what fans wanted to see coming to him and the turn of HBK and so forth. Like I said, let’s not confound variables here and assume that ‘Cena pulled through’. No doubt he’s a draw but I feel like this article gives a misleading picture. We might get a better picture of things if such viewership shows stability in coming weeks.

    • Bob’s Diner

      He’s saying he will be on Smackdown too, so let’s see if he increases the viewership there as well

    • Bob’s Diner

      He’s saying he will be on Smackdown too, so let’s see if he increases the viewership there as well

      • Best In The World

        LOL. He did increase ratings on Smackdown and surprise surprise, your still making excuses. Everytime you comment you come off as a biter Cena hater. You claiming your not a hater was easily the funniest line of the night lol.

  • Danny_Boy

    Behold Cena haters, Cena proving once again why he’s still the man.

    • Bob’s Diner

      Hulk Hogan was The Man. Steve Austin was The Man. John Cena could win another 42 world titles and main event WrestleMania until he’s 50, and he would still NOT be The Man

      • Danny_Boy

        LMAO. Another Cena hater in denial. I love you haters though, seeing grown men b**ch is funny too me

      • Danny_Boy

        LMAO. Another Cena hater in denial. I love you haters though, seeing grown men b**ch is funny too me

      • Anand Vijayakumar

        The facts are there for everyone to see. The man brings audience and viewers – PERIOD…

        Hogan was the man in the pre-attitude era, Austin was the man during attitude era and John Cena is the man in the PG Era. You can deny all you want but your opinion or whether you like the man or not does not change facts.

        • AlaminoCasino

          The facts are this, he does not draw. If John Cena was a draw, he would bring in the same numbers as people like Hogan, Rock, Austin, and all of those guys. But instead, WWE will stay in the 2.5-4 range because he is like stagnant, muddy water. I mean, getting excited over a 2.8 cable rating? Some crappy CBS and NBC shows get better cable ratings than this. Criminal Minds, NCIS, aren’t these like the same exact shows? Well, where raw is getting like 4 million viewers these shows are getting 11 million and 16 million. And those kinds of shows just plain suck. I know they are on bigger networks, but still. Raw should be getting at least 8 million viewers if as many people are fans as they claim to be. But really, there aren’t that many, because I remember, I believe it was the night they had fan voting for who was going to be CM Punk’s opponent a while back. It was between Jericho, Orton, and somebody else. They said they had like 100,000 something votes, and then Jerry Lawler and his big mouth were like ” hehehe, I’ve voted 8 times”. So if Jerry Lawler voted 8 times, then you know other people did too. So in reality they probably only had about 30,000-50,000 people vote. When you only have that much of your audience (30,000-50,000 out of 3-4 millions) caring about stuff like that, then you know you’ve lost them.

          And I don’t wanna hear “but, but, wrestling isn’t as popular now” because it wasn’t popular when Stone Cold and The Rock were first starting out, but then they started to bring in more viewers. John Cena has been doing the same thing his whole career.

          It’s like the Atlanta Braves, they’ve been to the playoffs like what,17 or 18 times in the past 20 years,? But they only have 1 world series to show for it.

          Yeah, John Cena has made them a little bit of money, but they don’t have anything to show for it. Same ratings, same story lines, same old crap.

          • bearone7777

            You start talking about NCIS—Then I am going to fill you in. The show NCIS, is not LIKE SO-CALLED PRO-WRESTLING–OKAY!! John Cena draws a lot better than a lot of people from the past, it is not even funny. I do not care how you feel, you can write a book, as you almost did, the guy is the WWE right now, and that is all!!!! You don’t like that, stop watching them!!!!

          • AlaminoCasino

            Anything on TV is their competition. Why do you think they made the show like Jerry Springer during the Attitude Era? And if he drew like other people in the past, more people would be watching, plain and simple. They’re not though, are they?

            I didn’t watch Hell in a Cell Sunday night because I’d rather watch Walking Dead. I didn’t watch Raw until Tuesday morning because the Sox were playing. So, they do have competition and until they realize that, they are going to fail.

        • Bob’s Diner

          He’s been booked as The Man for 10 years, but I never heard Austin or Hogan get booed out of MSG when they were in their prime and supposed to be the face of the company

          Check the numbers for the Raw after Battleground; even after a crap PPV like that, the numbers went up. WITHOUT Cena. I would never say he doesn’t draw, but WWE pretty much draws the same based on their brand.

    • Bob’s Diner

      Hulk Hogan was The Man. Steve Austin was The Man. John Cena could win another 42 world titles and main event WrestleMania until he’s 50, and he would still NOT be The Man

    • Snap

      It’s the first RAW after a PPV. Of course the numbers will be up. The real “proof” will be if the numbers remain consistent and not just a single blip on the radar.

      Looking at the negative votes, you’ve gotta love the people who cannot stand logical points of view.

      Just for the record, unlike the insecure Cena fanboys, I won’t take any opportunity to blame Cena should the ratings bottom out in the coming weeks as they have been more than happy to do when it comes to CM Punk and Daniel Bryan.

  • eskymi

    Say what you will but CENA in the first hour numbers are up. I enjoyed seeing him again….

    Late in the show, numbers are down…hey, who is that carrying the TITLE…why, it’s Randy Boreton. I myself turned it off half way through and read the results cause I would rather have my privates cut off and shoved in my mouth than listen to Orton and Triple H talk about he’s the face of WWE…blah…

  • Tom Lee

    Absolutely right !

  • Cubed56

    I love reading all you guys bicker back and forth about how it’s cena or it’s not cena. The truth is your both right, yes cena draws, but yes he’s nowhere near the draw of the rock, Austin, or hogan, or all of wrestling in the early to mid 90′s. Now for the one thing that will blow some minds. If you look at the ratings since raw has gone from 2 to 3 hours, the first hour is always the highest rated no matter who is featured in that hour with a drop in the second hour, and the lowest numbers in the third hour, no matter who is featured in that hour, including cena, punk, Bryan, Orton, it don’t matter, It has more to do with viewer fatigue then anything else.

  • JJ

    The title is very VERY condescending, most didn’t at all tune in for Cena. Most tuned in to see results of the ppv and once they seen an actual good raw stuck around.

  • Bob’s Diner

    OK to solve any further arguments on this, here is a breakdown on the average viewers and ratings for the past 3 months:

    12 August (week before SummerSlam)* – 4,111,000 – 2.95
    19 August (night after SummerSlam)* – 4,293,000 – 3.24
    26 August – 4,190,333 – 3.07
    2 September – 3,930,000 – 2.85
    9 September 2013 (week before Night of Champions) – 3,885,666 – 2.9
    16 September (night after Night of Champions) – 4,013,000 – 3.0
    23 September – 3,739,000 – 2.81
    30 September (week before Battleground) – 3,583,666 – 2.68
    7 October 2013 (night after Battleground) – 3,706,000 – 2.65
    14 October – 3,992,000 – 2.88
    21 October (week before Hell in a Cell) – 3,825,000 – 2.71
    28 October (night after Hell in a Cell)* – 4,155,000 – 2.98

    I’ve asterisked the shows John Cena appeared on.

    Using SummerSlam, Night of Champions and Battleground as reference, the average increase in viewership the night after a PPV is 143,889. So that means with the increase of 330,000 the night after Hell in a Cell, John Cena potentially brought back 186,111 viewers.

    Considering the competition Raw was facing for a period in the middle and the fact that the 14 October episode only did 160,000 less than the night after a PPV, it is quite to safe to declare that John Cena is NOT the draw people think he is. He is supposed to be in his prime and the face of the company, yet after 2 months off TV his return drew a measly 150,000 of his fans to tune in. Not to mention his send-off episode drew MORE than his return.

    • Anand Vijayakumar

      Dude you must seriously not like Cena. Instead of wasting your time searching for records to prove he doesnt draw just use common sense.

      Do you think that a businessman like Vince is an idiot to put some guy who does not draw as his top guy and give him title runs and stories at the top of his card? Everyone talks about Rock or Steve Austin – Guys that is the past. lets talk the current situation. Who is the top star in the industry as of this generation? It is CENA

      Who sells the most merchandise ? – CENA
      Who has the most followers on twitter and social media among currently active wrestlers ? – CENA (Only Rock has more followers than Cena)
      Who evokes the greatest fan reactions in an arena? – CENA (Be it cheers or boos – the guy does evoke a strong reaction. love him or hate him people want to see him)