The WWE sort of pulled the rug out from under me by shutting down the ECW promotion and TV show on February 16th, 2010.

Since it doesn’t make sense to continue to show ECW totals along side of the other promotions that will continue to accumulate “Thumbs Up/Down” ratings, I took a snapshot of the match rating info through the end of the last week of ECW airing.

Below is the same type of information that is on the main TV Match Ratings page, just frozen in time.

The Results (through 2/19/2010)

Here are the results from the week of July 7th, 2009 through the week of February 15th 2010. You can take a look at more detailed data if you’re interested.

Average Matches Per Hour

This chart shows the number of matches per hour of programming for WWE Monday Night Raw, ECW, TNA, and WWE Smackdown. They are all pretty close to three matches per hour. ECW is a one hour program and the others are two hours a week, with a few 3 hour specials throughout the year.

Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down Rating Totals

For each of the four brands, the thumb ratings have been totaled since I started collecting data the week of July 7th, 2009. Just to be clear, each “One Thumb Up” rating counts as one point, each “Two Thumbs Up” rating counts as two, and each “Thumb Down” rating counts as negative one (which subtracts from the total).

Here are the Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down ratings for the four programs.

TNA has pulled way ahead in the totals, despite also having a lot of negatively rated matches. If you’re interested in some of the more detailed information, take a look below.

Two Thumbs Up

Here are the number of matches in each brand that were rated by me as Two Thumbs Up (since 7/7/09).

Since Two Thumbs Up matches are going to be rare, there isn’t much of a spread between the highest and the lowest. So let’s take a look at the one Thumb Up ratings for each.

One Thumb Up

Here are the number of matches in each brand that were rated One Thumb Up (since 7/7/09).

Raw and ECW are pretty even, Smackdown is a bit ahead of those, and TNA pulled away from the pack. So why isn’t TNA farther ahead of the rest in the totals? Let’s take a look at the Thumbs Down.

Thumb Down

Here are the number of matches in each brand that were rated One Thumb Up (since 7/7/09).

TNA is trailing behind Raw, but they still have their fair share of stinkers (thank you Cody Deaner and Chavo Guerrero).


Where will they all be in a few months? I’m not sure. The Raw guest host format has certainly affected their programming, and who knows what damage Hulk Hogan and his cronies will inflict on TNA.

I included a charts below showing how the total thumb ratings look for each brand over time, but I’m not sure if it’s the right information to tell me anything. For each week I’m showing the the Average Thumb rating per match (over time) in one chart, and the Total Thumb Rating over time in another.

The week of July 7th 2009 happened to be a good week, so they all show a big drop in the averages, which is kind of misleading. It wasn’t rapidly getting worse, it was more like just returning to normal. See if you can get anything out of it.

The totals chart could show changes from week to week. TNA took their three best matches of the year from their Pay-Per-Views and aired them on free TV on New Years Eve, which caused the total to jump.

If a line is flat, then several weeks have gone by without any good matches. Or there are as many good as bad, which will cancel each other out (see explanations of Thumb Ratings again above).