The one good thing that can be said about the Raw rating last night is that against tougher competition than last week, the show was up four percent.
The 2.24 million viewers was still the second lowest non-holiday episode, but appearances by Vince McMahon, Roman Reigns, Daniel Bryan, and Kofi Kingston from SmackDown, including two WrestleMania rematches, kept the show from doing the record low it would have done without the changes.
Raw was ninth for the night on cable.
The show lost audience at a steady pace from start-to-finish, but it was expected with the 9:36 p.m. start of the Golden State Warriors vs. Houston Rockets NBA playoff game that did 6.89 million viewers. The Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks game that went against the first half of Raw did 3.72 million viewers. The NHL playoff games on NBC Sports Network did 1.87 million for the Boston Bruins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets and 1.23 million at 10 p.m. for the San Jose Sharks vs. Colorado Avalanche.
In the declines during the show, women 18-49 dropped 15 percent from the first to third hour, men 18-49 dropped 21 percent, Teenage girls, which started remarkably low, dropped seven percent, teenage boys dropped a record setting 41 percent during the show, which has to be the basketball game since the Warriors game was up 85 percent with teenage boys and men 18-49 were up 97 percent from the first game to the second game.
Still, given the competition the success of the show only depended on not setting a record low or not dipping below 1.8 million viewers in hour three.
The three hours were:
- 8 p.m. 2.47 million viewers
- 9 p.m. 2.24 million viewers
- 10 p.m. 2.02 million viewers