On April 6, WWE aired its second edition of “Monday Night Raw” following WrestleMania 31. With WrestleMania fallout in the rear view mirror, the company picked up the build for its next pay-per-view, “Extreme Rules,” which airs on April 26. Within the showing of WWE’s flagship program, two title matches were made official for “Extreme Rules.” In addition to a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match, a match for the Intercontinental Championship was confirmed for the April pay-per-view.
According to TVByTheNumbers.com, the April 6 episode of “Monday Night Raw” averaged 3.964 million viewers, down more than 25 percent from the previous week’s figure of 5.364 million. For the night, WWE faced stiff competition as the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship aired on CBS during the final two hours of “Monday Night Raw.”
Below is the hourly viewership breakdown for the April 6 “Monday Night Raw:”
Hour 1: 4.300 million viewers
Hour 2: 4.039 million viewers
Hour 3: 3.552 million viewers
Throughout the night, viewership decreased, with the third and final hour dropping by more than 12 percent from the previous hour. Though, despite the loss in viewership, “Monday Night Raw” was the night’s most-watched and highest-rated cable program. For adults aged 18 through 49, WWE obtained a rating of 1.5, down from last week’s mark of 2.0.
Not really surprising, as the title game between Duke and Wisconsin was definitely going to lead to a sharp decline throughout the night.