More Backstage News on a Recent Major WWE Departure, Total Bellas Ratings


* The ratings for Thursday’s edition of Total Bellas are in. The show drew a 0.25 rating in the 18 – 49 demographic, with 533,000 viewers. Those numbers are up 25% and 10% from the previous week’s 0.20 demo rating, with 485,000 viewers.

The demo rating marks a tie for the best of the season. The total audience was the best since April 30th saw a season high of 600,000 and is the third best of the season.

The show ranked #8 among cable originals for the night.

* We reported last week here on eWn that WWE’s Vice President of Global Television Production, Michael Mansury, left the company back in April. Mansury was said to be the “heir apparent” for Kevin Dunn and had directed several episodes of RAW and SmackDown if Dunn couldn’t attend.

The situation has been compared to that of Impact Wrestling’s David Sahadi, who used to work for WWE. Those who are expected to replace Dunn at some point have it harder. Vince McMahon reportedly criticizes their work constantly and would later hear people talk negatively about the person in that position. Mansury was also impatient about his career trajectory, as he had been with the company for eleven years. People in WWE were said to be shocked because he was considered a “lifer.” He had been in his current position for four years.

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