Mostly due to Vince I think. Last night was the first time I watched Raw in months and it was to see what Vince would do. If it was Vince related, and they don't forget the 30 day storyline, chances are the ratings will stay up through Wrestlemania at least. This is the biggest time of year for WWE.
It's good news for WWE. Maybe they can keep it up or even get back above four. That would be good for them.
People wanted to see what Vince would do. They were hoping it would mean something new and exciting. Even casual fans thought that it meant a new direction for the show or something interesting would happen.
January 4th 1999 - The day WCW injected itself with 10 gallons of Liquid Anthrax...AKA...The day Hogan "Defeated" Nash to win the WCW title in front of 40,000.
Originally posted by oldschoolhero"Raw delivered a 3.9 rating for the return of Vince McMahon last night, its best number since 8/26."
Source: Wrestling Observer
Now THAT is odd. Any theories?
Isn't that the last weekend before football started? And the week before MNF started was the annual Tiger Woods made-for-TV event, I think.
"No one's ever done a movie about flowers before. So there are no guidelines." "What about "Flowers for Algernon"?" "Well, that's not about flowers. And it's not a movie." "Ok, I'm sorry, I never saw it." -- Adaptation
Opinions on ratings are always subjective, of course, but I found myself watching the entire first hour of RAW for the first time in months also. And yeah, it was because of Vince, one of the reasons I turned it off in the first place. Irony!
However, I don't see myself tuning in next week unless Austin returns. Nothing really happened and Vince didn't do anything of note, so I don't expect that rating to stick, at least beyond next week's post-PPV increase (if there is one). I'm really interested to see if the RAW rating held steady, rose, or dropped in hour #2. There must have been a slight dropoff after Vince left, or an increase to see if he actually WOULD do somthing yet. :)
My story's pretty much the same as flairforthegold13's, except no one in my family was ever a wrestler. I just started watching a decade or so after being told that it was fake. My dad was flipping around the channels and we saw a couple guys wrestling....