Monday Night Raw experienced the rebound WWE was hoping for by bringing back Vince McMahon for a week but it wasn't as much of a jump as the company likely wanted.
We already knew Vince McMahon = ratings. That much has been proven in the past. But did he equal big ratings for last night's (Oct. 8, 2012) episode of Monday Night Raw in his big return?
No. Not really.
WWE did get a bump in numbers, though, with the show clocking in at a 2.8 rating, up from 2.5 last week, and an average of 4.1 million viewers for the entire three hour episode, up from 3.5 million seven days ago. That averages out to the following for each hour:
Hour one: 4.19 million
Hour two: 4 million
Hour three: 4 million
That's a nice uptick from last week, though likely not as much as WWE was hoping for with McMahon and John Cena returning and a hot angle between Vince and CM Punk leading to a match in the main event at the end of the show.
The issue, of course, remains the stiff competition from sports. ESPN had a Houston Texans vs. New York Jets Monday Night Football game that did 14 million viewers and TBS had a MLB playoff game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles.
That's tough to overcome.