-This week's edition of Raw did a 3.8 cable rating, with a 5.6 share. That is down from last week's 3.9 and probably not what WWE was looking for two weeks before Mania. The show did hours of 3.7 and 3.9.
Raw got 3.8 with hours of [3.7, 3.9] which is down from last weeks 3.9 [3.6, 4,1]... The more I think of it the more I think they should have switched the 10PM and 11PM segments. If Rock was on the top of the second hour the last hour would have such a buzz wondering if he'll be back. The first hour was actually higher this week then last, I'm guessing because of the Rock hype but if the Rock showed up at 10PM it would shoot the ratings way up at that Q-hour and keep it and with a pretty strong main event with HBK/Benoit vs. Orton/Batista the second hour could have had the same spike as last week which would have had the overall number over 4.0 (of course just guessing)
(edited by Net Hack Slasher on 3.3.04 2210) smark/net attack wienerville advisory is lowered to BLUE alert - Guarded (Due to Eddie being WWE champ and facing Angle at WM, Benoit winning the Rumble in World title match in mania BUT Kliq members is still a threat - Vince you can save us from these threats) 2/17
Honors for Smartest thing ever written, 5th Horseman "When Victoria, Trish, Molly, and Lilian were in the ring.. I commented to my friends that all of the 4 ladies in the ring were hotter than the all 4 that are fighting over who is the hottest in the WWE"
Keeping in mind that the Rock's return was the biggest news of the night and the WWE still needed to put focus on their world title match, having the Rock's return at 10 and Evolution in a tag match at 11 would mean that Rock and Foley would surely have to make an appearance in the main event some how. And that would totally overshadow Benoit/Michaels.
With that said, the perfect way to head into Mania:
Benoit/Michaels/Rock/Foley vs HHH/Flair/Orton/Batista
That = ratings.
Obviously, that wouldn't make sense because that would give away some of the aura of the eventual Mania tag match, and the fact that they have tried hard to separate HHH and Foley. But man, this would be a great way to get that last sell, with the end being some type of screwjob where Rock and Foley drive off the three men away leaving Benoit and Michaels beating on HHH.
Of course, one could also look at it a few other ways: Perhaps the 3.7-4.1 area is the min/max region outside of MNF. Or, perhaps bringing people in isn't going to pop the ratings the 47th time as it did the 1st time.
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As for the dead crowd, you have to remember that this was taped straight after the previous week's show. We'd already seen all the wrestlers once that night. Also, we'd been told earlier on that Jeff Hardy vs HHH would be a title bout.