The NBA playoffs led to last night's Raw doing the show's lowest numbers on USA Network since the end of football season.
Raw averaged 1.61 million viewers overall last night and drew a 0.44 rating in the 18-49 demo. The first half of the show went against the Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics game that did 3.83 million viewers and a 1.33, and the second half went against the Utah Jazz vs. Dallas Mavericks game that did 3.19 million viewers and a 1.17.
Raw was fourth for the night behind the two games and the post-game show on TNT.
Raw was fourth in women 18-49, fourth in men 18-49, fifth in 18-34, third in women 12-34, and fifth in men 12-34. It was 16th in total viewers, beating everything but basketball-related shows and news shows.
It was a normal first-to-third hour drop, although most of the drop was older viewers. Women 18-49 were down three percent from hour one to three, men 18-49 were up four percent, teenage girls were up eight percent, and teenage boys were down 16 percent. The big drop was 20 percent with people over 50, which is the largest part of the Raw audience.
Overall the show was down two percent in viewers from last week, down seven percent in 18-49, and down 16 percent in 18-34.
As compared to one year ago, the show was down nine percent in viewers, down nine percent in 18-49, and up 18 percent in 18-34. That was a ThunderDome show with no audience, but also didn't go against the NBA playoffs.
The three hours were:
- 8 p.m. 1.70 million viewers
- 9 p.m. 1.67 million viewers
- 10 p.m. 1.47 million viewers