I'd reckon 3.5 is a good guess for Rock/Punk since that's what DAT TEAR segment got and they're both working on similar numbers. The first Rock/Cena interactions were getting MEGA numbers though. Rock/Punk is never touching it.
The cold hard fact and the matter is that the Rock PROVED that he is still draw today. That rating was all because of him. To all the people that think this is CM Punk and Ryback's doing, you have lost your bloody mind.
The Rock is here to stay, the Rock will save the WWE!
While I don't care bout ratings, one thing I'm wondering....
Since Raw airs live, what are ratings like in other parts of USA? Ones where Raw begins at 5 or 6pm? Cause I'd imagine it won't be that great? Cause 1-2 of those hours won't even be primetime, meaning much less people watching.
Not sure how tv shows work(for example,a (not live) show airing on CBS at 8pmEST, would it air at 5pm in Western USA, or will it air 8pm local time)
He's a Nostalgia Act. He draws because 2002 draws. Other numbers comparable to this involved Triple H and Brock Lesnar. This isn't even the highest average viewership in the past half a year. Austin/Punk would have drawn the same friggin' numbers. A few hundred thousand people still marking like children for AE/Ruthless Aggression stuff show up, watch that one little portion and then ultimately leave. The only long term payoff to this Era-milking is to devalue the present era and kill your viewership whenever you don't have somebody of a 2000 vintage show up.
I don't think it's fair to completely discount the name value the Rock has, but by and large, the general point of this post is spot on. The most we can hope for from this, as far as I can tell, is maybe it'll properly elevate Punk, depending on how hard they have Rocky bitch-slap him. And, bar Cena, Punk's already miles ahead of everyone else on the roster anyways.
People also making a mess in their britches over those ratings growths, even though they tend to forget that bar the last 45 minutes or so, this episode of Raw was absolute monotonous dross. Oh well, easily forgotten about thanks to a minute increase in numbers right?
DAT BITW dominating that 3rd hour which drew DEM RATINGS
40 minutes of the 3rd hour and the overrun with Rock. PUNK=RATINGS
On a more serious note, the overrun rating should be huge, Rock was advertised for weeks in advance and was promoted throughout the show. Punk and Rock has been a heavily promoted feud by WWE so there first confrontation in the ring together should have a great overrun number.
Viewership going up consistently through the hours is also a nice thing to see.