Whether you love him or you hate him, The Rock still proves to be a major draw for the WWE. His WWE Title win at the Royal Rumble made lots of fans tune into Monday Night Raw this week.
Bringing back The Rock and letting him end CM Punk’s very long title reign has proved to be a successful move for the company. This week’s Raw was the first episode since July 2012 where over 5 million viewers tuned into the show.
This Raw had a 3.7 rating and was the highest rated cable television show that night. Not counting the Raw 1000 episode, the last time the ratings soared this high were way back in April 2011.
Ever since the show changed to a three-hour format in mid-2012, the ratings have been the lowest they have been since 1997. Raw was only averaging just over 4 million viewers each week.
Even though Punk is a popular wrestler within the IWC (internet wrestling community), his over year-long title reign didn’t accomplish much when it came to the ratings. Casual wrestling fans wanted to see someone they can cheer for and they have that now thanks to The Rock.
Not to mention that it has been over 10 years since The Rock has been WWE Champion. He’s still one of the most popular stars that the company has ever created and he continues to be a major draw card.
It will be interesting to see if the ratings continue to stay like this until WrestleMania 29 in April.