The figures are in for the 1/7 Raw and it's very good news for WWE. Despite directly opposing the BCS Championship game, they managed an average viewership 4.42m, the highest average viewership since the 8/27 show. Hour one drew 4.29m, the highest hour one since the post-Hell in a Cell show. Hour two drew 4.32m - this is fantastic for WWE because the game was well under way and still competitive at this point, they would not have expected a rise on hour one. Hour three (helped by the fact that the game was a blow-out) drew a 4.65, the first hour three to have the highest average viewership of the show since it went to three hours. It was also the highest hour three since the second three-hour show on 7/30.
For ratings figures to be higher than they have been in months, across the board, while opposing a college football game that by all accounts draws the same audience as wrestling and drew a 14.0 rating, this show is an unbelievable success for WWE. They now have a platform to build from with the 20th Anniversary next week. These are exciting times.