Did you all forget that the ratings always go up around this time every year no matter who's on the show? its wrestlemania season so more fans tune in on a regular basis because this is when big returns usually happen. go look at ratings from one episode of raw from the last 4 years, they're pretty similar to what they are now, so why is it you believe that Rock as champion is such a "ratings surge"? Just because he said so? Mark much?
Raw after rumble 2013: 3.68 (Rock as champion)
raw after rumble 2012: 3.55
Raw after rumble 2011: 3.48
Raw after rumble 2010: 3.63 (Rock not even on the roster)
The ratings are almost identical to what they in 2010 when Rock wasn't even on the roster and that was when SHAEMUS was WWE champion when he was completely not over as a heel. That was a bad time to be watching wrestling, yet the ratings are identical to what they are now, what does that tell you? they're also benefiting from Lesnar being here which probably more than makes up that difference. If rock as champ is such a ratings surge why is the rating identical to 2010 ratings?