While this week’s episode of Raw was actually quite good, it’s likely nothing could have stopped the ratings from plummeting back to Earth following the usual post-Mania high. However, Raw did feature great wrestling and some exciting new directions for several wrestlers, which will hopefully lead to sustainable gains in the future. For the moment, though, Raw average 3.53 million viewers and a 1.25 rating in the 18-49 demographic, which are a huge drop from last week, but consistent with the numbers from prior to WrestleMania. It’s also encouraging to note that Raw actually didn’t lose as many viewers as usual over the length of the show, actually gaining viewers for the second hour before settling back into roughly the same amount of viewers as had started off the night, while actually increasing its demo rating. Overall, Raw was #2 for the evening in original cable programming, behind Love and Hip-Hop on VH-1.
Hour 1 (8-9 PM): 3.47 million viewers, 1.20 demo rating
Hour 2 (9-10 PM): 3.69 million viewers, 1.31 demo rating
Hour 3 (10-11 PM + overrun): 3.43 million viewers, 1.25 demo rating
All numbers are courtesy of Showbuzz Daily