The Structure Of 3hrs Of Raw
I'm not a fan of this intensive ratings breakdown. I mean, you just know that if they are breaking it down into hourly segments to do readings for reactions, then they are also breaking those hours down into 15 minute segments an dissecting that too.
I don't know about anyone else, but to this viewer this has served to make the show horribly disjointed. I seem to recall back in the day (just prior to AE and onwards) the shows would get a slow buildup to a big ending. They still like their big endings (sometimes) but I feel like the ratio and timing of high spots and low points are ill-considered. It's like the show has been planned out by an efficiency expert with no regard to flow.
Take the Khali & co/3MB segment. Wouldn't that have been better at 2nd or 3rd slot on the card, first hour? I just don't see the sense - I understand it though, why they do it. They want every hour to rate as high as possible, so they approach each hour as individual. I understand that they fear if there's too many boring bits in the first hour, people might turn off and not switch back. Fine. Then maybe you are being a bit greedy at wanting to go 3 hours then, if you don't have enough worthwhile content to fill it.