Surprise returns SHOULD gain viewers depending on the starpower, especially in the overrun, See: The Rock's Return feb 14 2011.
and the opening seg should be considered a disappointment imo, not even 4.0.
lol, always trying to protect HHH... oh wait he's banned.
That being said, I remember there being a lot of buzz about Rock returning... at least on here. For Taker returning, maybe the odd person predicted it, but that came out of left field.
In any event, whether you count Taker as help or not (which I do for reasons I stated earlier), I do consider the increase a moderate disappointment, unlike the fact I didn't consider the Punk/Laurinitis match from last week a disappointment in ratings despite pulling in 700k+ viewers (roughly the same). Taker and HHH are both bigger draw than Punk, and while the segment may have drawn more (not sure on the exact numbers) it wouldn't of been that big of an increase over Punk's segment with Laurinitis. Not to mention Taker returning should've gotten viewers who were hearing about it to turn on the TV asap, which is how the whole surprise return thing works when it comes to ratings. It wasn't even the highest viewed part of the show. That being said, it still pulled back in the vast majority of people from the beginning of the show, so it may not be a completely bad number. But all things considered, it's not really that good (but it's not bad either).
Oh, and just a little fact (not sure if this has been posted), but this was the highest rated Raw since the night after WM27... shouldn't be much of a surprise, but yeah.