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Raw after WrestleMania draws WWE's second-best ratings of 2018

Last night's Raw after WrestleMania averaged what will undoubtedly end up as its second-best number of the year with 3.90 million viewers, trailing only the 4.50 million viewers for the 25th anniversary show.

It was still the second lowest Raw after Mania show in the modern era, beating the 3.76 million number from last year. But last year's show went against the NCAA basketball championship game, so it probably would have done the same or beaten this year's number which came without that competition.

The show featured two strong early hours and a big third hour drop, but in this day and age, the number would be considered outstanding. From 9:30 to 10 p.m., it was the third most watched show on television, trailing onlyThe Voice on NBC and American Idol on ABC. The next highest rated cable show was Rachel Maddow on MSNBC at 3.40 million viewers.

In particular, male viewers were way up above usual levels, with the second hour doing a 2.0, meaning two percent of all males between the ages of 18 and 49 in the U.S. were watching Raw.

The three hours were:

  • 8 p.m. 4.10 million viewers
  • 9 p.m. 4.07 million viewers
  • 10 p.m. 3.60 million viewers

Here's a chart from Paul Fontaine that looks at post-WrestleMania Raw ratings since 2012: