Drop in ratings isn't a surprise, nor is it indicative of much besides the loss of The Rock. Ratings were expectedly going to drop after he was no longer around to carry the show, and now it's happening.
Originally Posted by chronoxiong
Totally. I got so into the Warriors/Spurs game that I decided to stay on that channel and watch the finish of the game. It was so entertaining and much more enjoyable to watch than what I was seeing on RAW.
I agree completely. That was a fantastic game, at least at the end once the Warriors started to choke and the Spurs finally shook off the rust.
Originally Posted by sonicslash
People watched because of punk punk garnered average rating while competing with Monday night football and without him the nba playoffs are killing raw.
That's not a very good argument man. You're attaching very undue and credit to Punk that has no facts supporting it. Punk was getting all time low ratings the longer his push went. Ratings dropped significantly and stayed there every single time he retained his title at a PPV until The Rock came back. Look at the ratings list, that's the pattern.
Punk would not help the ratings now, he would only hurt them. If they were dropping that much with the title on him, exactly how would him being on the show and god forbid already be going for the title already help at all? Even less people would be watching. Fans would be faced with a choice of Cena or a guy who is arguably even worse than Cena.
When faced with such a shitty choice, people aren't going to stick around. That would only keep around drama queen Punk marks. . . which based on the ratings aren't very many people. More people are still watching than they did during Punk's reign post-Rock/Lesnar. And that's despite them choking out interest in most angles with The Shield being ram-rodded into them and being forced over everyone, and them bastardizing their most over wrestler (after Punk and Cena) by turning him heel for no reason rather than try to work angles with him as a face.