With heavy rumors floating around that CM Punk would be making his return to WWE in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois, and fans apparently planning to hijack the show, last night's (March 3, 2014) episode of Monday Night Raw at the Allstate Arena was heavily anticipated.
It just didn't deliver big in the ratings.
Indeed, the show averaged 4.56 million viewers for all three hours. That's down from the 4.65 million who tuned in last week, but up from the 4.36 million it pulled the week before.
Here's the hourly breakdown:
Hour one: 4.67 million
Hour two: 4.62 million
Hour three: 4.44 million
At the very least, the numbers did not decrease dramatically throughout the show as they have in recent times, which may indicate WWE did, in fact, do a good job teasing that Punk would make his return later in the show.
He didn't, and he was never going to but they did a wonderful job acting as though he could.
To that end, this was a minor success. But considering the show that was put on -- The Usos capturing the tag team titles from the New Age Outlaws, The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family in one of the best Raw matches of all time -- it has to be considered disappointing more fans weren't tuning in.
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.