The Raw after WrestleMania last night did 2.10 million viewers, a number that just has to be accepted for what it is.
The good news is the first-to-third hour drop, which had been near record levels the past two weeks, was 17 percent. That's still significant, but it was greatly alleviated by the Drew McIntyre vs. Big Show match which ended the show with strong gains.
It was advertised during last night's episode that WWE would be showing the aftermath from McIntyre's WWE Championship win at WrestleMania. That aired in the main event segment, with McIntyre doing an interview and being confronted by Big Show. That led to a match where McIntyre retained his WWE Championship against Big Show.
The viewers were up nine percent from last week's record low, but there should have been a substantial increase coming off WrestleMania. It was down 29 percent from the 2.94 million viewers last year for the Raw after WrestleMania, but a huge drop from last year was a lock as well.
The show was also up 19 percent from last week in the 18-49 demo.
The three hours were:
- 8 p.m. 2.31 million viewers
- 9 p.m. 2.06 million viewers
- 10 p.m. 1.93 million viewers