Raw after WrestleMania leads to second highest viewership of 2018

Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2018/04/10/raw-after-wrestlemania-leads-to-second-highest-viewership-of-2018/

The Raw following WrestleMania led to the program’s second-highest viewership of 2018 and topped last year’s number following WrestleMania 33.

The three-hour show averaged 3,900,000 viewers on the USA Network, which was second only to the 25th Anniversary of Raw special this past January that averaged 4.5 million viewers.

There was huge interest in Raw with 4,098,000 watching the first hour and staying relatively static in the second hour with an average of 4,069,000 viewers. The third-hour drop was still there with a decline of 11.6% down to 3,597,000 viewers.

If you compare this year’s Raw following WrestleMania to the 2017 show, this year’s episode was up 3.8% in viewership, although the timing of this year’s show was more advantageous and avoided going up against the finals of the NCAA basketball tournament.

The Superstar Shakeup is expected to lead to strong viewership next week, as the 2017 version averaged 3,420,000 viewers and will be the comparison point for Raw.