Originally Posted by validreasoning
january is always a time when ratings should rebound anyway, after the bcs championship game, the raw after the rumble is always one of the most watched of the year
Sorry but this isn't correct. Or it depends on your definition of rebound.
Last January did a 3.1/ 2.8/ 3.0 and 3.1.
In the December just gone it did a 2.9/ 2.8/ 2.9 and 2.9.
So while ratings increased in January it was not by much at all.
The ratings do increase as we get towards Mania but in recent years it has not been by much at all. For example the last RAw before Mania this year did a 3.05 rating. Where as the one the year before did a 3.8. That in itself shows this year something is seriously wrong for numbers to fall so low.
As I said before the problem is the lack of stars on the roster. To prove my point you only need to go back to Raw 1000 to see a 3.8 rating for a 3 hour show. This show had a lot of the older guys involved so it is no surprise to see the numbers that high. You take away those guys and you have what we have now. And naturally the ratings reflect that.
Having The Rock as champion or even just being involved will increase the overall rating due to the amount of people who will watch his segments.
My opinion is WWE needs to start getting the older guys involved more. Even if in a non wrestling capacity. On August the 6th when HBK was on in the 2nd hour his segment did a 3.5 rating. Compare that to the highest segment rating this week and your see it is a big difference. Vince needs to get those guys involved even if it is acting as a manager/referee. As I mentioned before the newer guys are just not interesting on their own. Punk is a good example of that. He was struggling and Heyman came along to help him be more interesting. They need to do that with others. The Shield on their own will bomb. They have already lost viewers. If they had a known guy be their leader it would be different. Punk is not a strong enough name to be their leader.