Now that football season is over, both college and professional, WWE was hoping to capitalize with a good ratings number on the Jan. 13, 2014, episode of Monday Night Raw. It would, after all, set the tone for the "Road to WrestleMania" as far as what we can expect going forward.
To that end, it was a mixed bag of results.
Sure, the numbers are solid at 4.39 million viewers averaged for all three hours, but that's actually down from the 4.54 million who tuned in to watch last week's "Old School" Raw that went against the hugely popular BCS National Championship Game.
The hourly breakdown:
Hour one: 4.40 million
Hour two: 4.60 million
Hour three: 4.21 million
That's a huge drop for the third hour but that has more to do with the second hour doing such a big number, which certainly isn't the norm.
For those who didn't bother to stick around for that third hour, or the overrun for that matter, they missed Daniel Bryan turning against Bray Wyatt and proving once again, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that his connection with the crowd is second to none in WWE today.
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It seems we not have a general idea of what numbers to expect going forward on the "Road to WrestleMania" and they ain't not bad, folks.