^It works both ways. Haters won't acknowledge when Punk does well and will be ready to celebrate and call him a failure if his segment don't do well. Really, it's a moot point at this time. Marks will mark. Haters will hate. It's that simple and straight-forward. I don't see the point in it being brought up every week (following this post, I'm not even going to acknowledge them).
Now onto the marking...
The hook from the PPV, combined with Punk and Foley keeping the interest did a very nice start. Had the strongest opening rating since the 9/17 show, and set the tone for the rest of the show to do the best rating in a while. What makes it even better is the final segment did better than this starting segment, showing people were interested in seeing the teams and there's interest in the Team Punk/Team Foley SVS teams. Cena/Guerrero actually did the lowest gain in the 9PM slot since 9/3, but had the highest rating by a considerable margin for at least the month of October (don't have the ratings for 10PM slots from before then).
Show/Sheamus's gain was the largest 10PM gain since 7/23 (1000th Raw which was Lesnar/HHH/Heyman/Steph) and before that since 6/25 with Jericho return and Cena/Jericho promo. Show/Sheamus is catching on, and after their great MOTN at HIAC, it should be. The rating itself wasn't anything special. And the overrun was actually the lowest gain of the last 4 weeks, but a higher rating than any overrun in the last two months minus Punk vs. Vince.
Punk's drawing ability is clearly there to some degree, and I think after being in the overrun week after week, having constantly big gains, it's clear he's an draw of sorts. Of course the ratings for those overrun quarters are generally poor, but at the same time they're generally well above the average rating for the show, which is a positive. Punk is easily the biggest (full-time) draw they have minus Cena, but at the end of the day he, and even Cena still need a hot angle to get people from the outside interested. Otherwise WWE have to resort to getting guys like Rock, Taker, HHH, Foley, Vince, Lawler, and any other legend that returns to get that normal return bonus they get for a week for that legend before things start going back down to normal. Clearly the ref angle is attracting some attention, and I suppose the Cena/AJ/Vickie stuff is doing the same as well. We'll have to see as the weeks progress, including with where the Team Punk/Team Foley stuff goes.