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STRONG RATING FOR SMACKDOWN, WWE HOPES IT IS A PRECURSOR FOR RAW

By Dave Scherer on 2011-02-22 17:58:16
Internally, WWE is expecting/hoping that the strong moves that they have made to build interest in WrestleMania, starting with the return of The Rock last Monday, will pay dividends in the ratings and in the buyrate for the show.

They are off to a good start as the 2/18 edition of Smackdown did a strong 2.1 (rounded up from a 2.07) rating and 3,253,000 viewers.

They hope that Raw number jumps when it comes out tomorrow (as it is delayed due to the Presidents' Day holiday).