"Raw fell to a new low this week doing a 3.5 rating last night. The only good news is that the Saturday night block, largely due to Divas undressed, all did strong numbes, with Velocity at 1.2, Confidential at 1.3 and Divas at 1.8."
So Saturday did good but that's the lowest Raw rating in a long time.
"Catching Hitler was neato!" "Next stop, Hirohito!" Bart Simpson
I'd wager the rating has more to do with lots of people being off this week than anything else. How many people are going to be inside watching Kurt v. Taker rather than outside watching Fireworks v. Sky Thursday night? My only real problem with this is that low ratings may cause the WWE to panic when the slow build approach they are working towards is the proper way.
The WWE is coping with the fact that business is bad. They're in a stage of rebuilding and that means ratings will inevitably slide, but they will rise again someday. But in the meantime, there's bound to be a slide and there's nothing we can do to stop it. Fans aren't going to tune in to see Brock Lesnar and Jeff Hardy...yet. Building new stars will take time and won't sell out buildings overnight! Nobody needs to panic!
Why would they trot out Ted Dibiase for the anniversary show only to release him less than two weeks later? The only explanation I could understand would be if they wanted to give him one last hurrah in front of a live crowd.