– Due to the holidays, we’re just now getting the ratings breakdown for the January 7th WWE RAW with the return of The Rock. That show did a 3.15 rating with 4.44 million viewers. RAW that night went up against the BCS Championship football game which drew 26.83 million viewers.
In the segment breakdown, John Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler gained 214,000 viewers. Kaitlyn vs. Eve Torres lost 224,000 viewers. Backstage stuff with Santino Marella, Ricky Steamboat and Wade Barrett plus Randy Orton and 3MB in an interview lost 484,000 viewers. Kane and Daniel Bryan vs. Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow plus Randy Orton vs. Heath Slater gained 172,000 viewers in the 9pm time slot for a 2.94 quarter rating.
Barrett vs. Marella gained 101,000 viewers. Antonio Cesaro vs. The Great Khali lost 80,000 viewers. Jinder Mahal vs. Sheamus gained 150,000 viewers. Ryback vs. CM Punk in the TLC Match gained 515,000 viewers, a very good growth for 10pm right now. The first part of the match did a 3.52 quarter rating and the second part did a 3.44 quarter rating. Kofi Kingston vs. Big Show lost 1,037,000 viewers – way more viewers lost than any segment in 2012. That was likely fans turning back to the football game.
From start to finish, the segment with The Rock and CM Punk gained 887,000 viewers. The Punk interview before Rock came out did a 3.17 rating. The Rock/Punk segment back and forth did a 3.67 quarter rating. At the finish, which went longer than usual, they were at a 3.34 quarter rating.
(Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter)