Last night, WWE put on a very entertaining edition of Raw. They couldn't do too much with two weeks for WrestleMania, but they set the stage nicely for next week's final show.
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With that out of the way, it is now time to look at the ratings from last night. For a reminder, Monday night Raw last week drew a 3.3 number.
This week was down.
The first hour of Raw drew 4,490,000 million viewers.
The second hour of Raw drew 4,274,000 million viewers.
The official number for Raw was a 3.1 rating.
My Thoughts on This News
This is WrestleMania season. At any other time of the year, these numbers would be troubling. During the beginning months of the year, the WWE has to be even more disappointed.
The Rock has been on television for a few weeks now. To be fair, last night featured very little promotion of his appearance. Nothing was even announced ahead of time.
Undertaker, Shawn Michaels,and Triple H have all brought the goods every week. No doubt their segment will draw yet another monster number! The feud there has been excellent.
However, the world title feud has not even been a feud. Sheamus is the challenger, while Daniel Bryan is the champion. It will be interesting to see how fans treat their match at WrestleMania.
As for the WWE title feud, I have liked the past two shows here. Chris Jericho is getting fans to despise him, and CM Punk is gaining support as the current title holder. They are definitely in the middle of an actual feud that will continue week after week.
The rest are not.
The Rock and John Cena will go their separate ways after April. I would be shocked if HBK, HHH or Taker are on television again after WrestleMania for a long time. Even Sheamus and Bryan could very easily go in different directions very soon.
Jericho and CM Punk will not solve their issues at WrestleMania. Thus, fans looking to invest in a rivalry, they are the only main event option right now on the Red Brand. That is the key to getting viewers.
Make them watch week after week. Getting a huge No. 1 week is nice, but continued growth is the main thing right now in WWE.
Other than simply the big stars, WWE advertised John Cena versus Mark Henry. Both are big-time ratings draws, so their segment (match) will be interesting to see. I believe they produced again!
Next week will be WWE's last chance to garner a huge audience before Wrestle Mania XXVIII. Logic would say the company should see a huge increase next week. However, you just never know...
As for Smackdown, they saw a small decrease on Friday night. The Blue Brand drew a 1.92 rating with 2.84 million viewers. That is a little bit below their average, but still a nice number.