Well, this is not only a disappointment for WWE, it's somewhat surprising.
The ratings are in for last night's (Feb. 24, 2014) episode of Monday Night Raw from the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and the show pulled an average of 4.65 million viewers. That's up from 4.36 million last week and 4.32 million the week before.
Here's the hourly breakdown:
Hour one: 4.89 million
Hour two: 4.78 million
Hour three: 4.31 million
The problem with these numbers is that there isn't nearly the spike the company surely expected considering everything this edition had going for it. It represented the fallout show from the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view (PPV) that happened the night before, it coincided with the launch of the already hugely popular WWE Network, and Hulk Hogan made his return to the promotion after seven years away.
And that's just what was advertised.
In addition, Undertaker and Brock Lesnar both made their returns and all the major angles leading to the top four matches at WrestleMania 30 in just six weeks were shot. This was about as important an episode of Raw as we're going to get and it couldn't come close to matching the top viewership numbers of the year back on Jan. 20 when Batista made his return on the final show before Royal Rumble.
Sorry, brother, but a certain someone just doesn't seem to move the needle anymore.
For complete results and the live blog from Raw click here. For full reactions click here. For a complete playlist from the show click here. And if you want to listen to the Cageside Live! Podcast breaking down the show click here.