The lack of a divas' match probably helped keep the ratings so steady throughout the show. There was also multiple storylines going, no AJ, and an exciting Mark Henry return as well. Not to mention a few high profiles matches taking place.
Good Raw overall. They actually managed it really well except for the lack of advertising for Rock and Brock last night. I know this isn't going to last, but it looks like Raw's going to be good for at least 2-3 months now.
How did Hour 1 get 4.863 million? It was bordering on psychotic with the amount recaps and App nonsense.
Thank you Punk
More like thank you Ryback and Cesaro, for keeping viewers tuned in for 3x as long as Punk did. Punk was on screen for about 10 minutes right at the opening, where everyone who's planning to watch the show after what happened last week is tuned in anyway. Ryback's enterance and match with Cesaro after that (and all the commercial breaks segmented in between), lasted nearly half an hour.
Give credit where it's due. Ryback and Cesaro's match kept people tuned in for half of the first hour despite multiple commercial breaks.
The ratings always go up for Wrestlemania season, anyone who considers themselves a wrestling fan will tune in just because they know this is the time of year that big returns and big changes happen. wait and see what happens to the ratings after WM when SuperCena is champ again, Rock & Lesnar are gone again and they're promoting poverty PPV's that nobody cares about. I predict we will see a sub-2.5 rating before 2013 is over.