Expectations for the first Raw after WrestleMania are always high from a ratings perspective, with viewership for the past two years regularly sitting at around 5 million viewers. Unfortunately, while this year’s ratings are up a large amount from last week’s go-home Raw, jumping nearly 10% in viewers and 15% in the 18-49 demographic, the show barely averaged 4 million viewers, finishing fourth overall fir the Monday night cable originals behind the NCAA Championship game and its pre- and post-shows. Raw also steadily lost viewers and demo rating points over the night, and dipped well under 4 million viewers for the final hour. Overall, Raw averaged 4.09 million viewers and a 1.55 demo rating. While basketball provided heavy competition, and this week’s episode of Raw was fairly well-received, this has to be seen as somewhat of a disappointment when compared to previous years.
Hour 1 (8-9 PM): 4.29 million viewers, 1.60 demo rating
Hour 2 (9-10 PM): 4.18 million viewers, 1.56 demo rating
Hour 3 (10-11 PM): 3.82 million viewers, 1.48 demo rating