The 20th Anniversary of WWE Raw on Monday, January 14 scored a 3.24 rating, up one-tenth from last week's 3.14 rating for The Rock's return. Last week's Raw faced the BCS National Title game; this week was the first Raw unopposed by football in five months.
- Raw averaged 4.55 million viewers, which was up three percent from an average of 4.42 million viewers last week.
However, the Viewership Drop-Off returned. The third hour was the least-watched hour of the show, drawing slightly fewer viewers than the first hour in the new timeslot.
But, in the demographic ratings, the third hour was the highest rated among key males for Ric Flair's TV appearance, John Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler in the cage, and the Rock Concert.
Hourly Break Down: 4.50 million first hour viewers, peak of 4.68 million second hour viewers, and a five percent drop-off to 4.47 million third hour viewers.
It marks 24 out of 26 Raw episodes during the three-hour era where third hour viewership has declined from the second hour.
- On cable TV Monday night, Raw ranked #1 in overall viewers and in the key male demos, removing football from the competition.
In the week-to-week demos, Raw was up slightly compared to last week. The biggest increase was one-tenth among males 18-49, which reached the highest rating since August 27.
Lesnar doesn't give a shit - he's only there for the money anyway, not to add anything entertaining to the show. If his stomach wasn't all fucked up, he'd still be in the UFC ,and wouldn't have given a WWE return a second thought.
And he's still a lot more relevant and entertaining than your Dear leader Punk.
Not surprised to see the ratings are the highest since RAW 1000. Considering last night was more or less a normal RAW episode (with the Rock in the last 10 minutes) I'd be shocked if they remained anywhere near that high next week. They really misused the 20th anniversary, it could've been a big show with a lot of nice cameos and fun matches, segments, etc. Instead... nothing really happened and nothing really progressed. Aside from Punk/Rock at the end a bit.