WWE Raw Rating Is in: WrestleMania and Brock Lesnar Bring the Numbers

Justin Watry@@JustinWatrySenior WriterApril 3, 2012

LAS VEGAS - JULY 11:  Brock Lesnar reacts after knocking out Frank Mir during their heavyweight title bout during UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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Fans are still reeling from the past 48 hours. WrestleMania XXVIII was a great show, and last night's Raw was one of the best in a long, long time.

The PPV buys for 'Mania will not be known for a few weeks. However, the Raw ratings are in, and we can start to see the aftershocks from a great wrestling weekend.

As a reminder, last week's Raw drew a disappointing 3.04 rating.

This week, WWE saw a major increase, and that can only be positive news!

The first hour drew 4,957,000 million viewers.

The second hour drew 5,072,000 million viewers.

The official number for Raw was a 3.4 rating.


My Thoughts on This News

WWE has some major momentum right now. Deny the numbers all you want, but Vince McMahon has to be smiling today. Not only did the second hour gain viewers, but you have to imagine final segment was huge!

As you can see, WWE dominated the night in cable. Also, they topped the beloved five million mark once again. It just goes to show you, competition or not, fans will watch if there is a reason.

Wrestling fans are out there. They haven't given up. There isn't some sort of new generation using the television medium. They just need a show to watch, and they will!

The "excuses" of other shows being on has always been very weak. A basketball game airing at the same time got 20 million viewers last night, and guess what?

Raw's rating increased big time!

Outside forces only mean so much. Wrestling fans wanted to watch Raw, so they did. It is that simple. You can only "blame" so many things until it doesn't make sense.

Coming out of Sunday, there was plenty reasons why there was interest in WWE.

There was a story on Lesnar's WWE return on the front page of Yahoo! a few hours ago. Their social media scores were up over 116 percent from last week's show.

Sunday night's WrestleMania even defeated the NCAA title game from Monday night. It may be swept under the rug by some, but that is a huge deal.

Make no mistake, the NCAA championship game last night drew major numbers with about 20 million viewers. WWE certainly was up against some big competition!

In the end, none of it mattered.

Brock Lesnar is back in WWE. For the fans that missed Raw Monday, they will certainly be watching next week. That is almost a guarantee.

While this week is a good indicator of 'Mania, next week will tell an even bigger story.

The Rock gave his farewell speech last night. He teased a WWE Title run, but he won't be back for at least a few months. Maybe even SummerSlam?

Undertaker is all but done. Shawn Michaels and Triple H aren't walking through that door anytime soon. John Cena and Brock Lesnar's close really gave WWE a shot in the arm.

They needed that.

For those wondering, the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony drew 2,659,000 million viewers. It aired right before Raw last night and was very entertaining.

As for Smackdown, their "special" WrestleMania show drew a 1.8 rating Friday night with 2,480,000 million viewers. It was another decrease, but it had to be expected.

The show was mostly videos, with only a few matches thrown in there. That being said, this week will be one to watch for the Blue Brand with two big matches set.

Thanks to Sheamus defeating Daniel Bryan in less than a minute, the "Yes Man" now has more momentum than ever. If anybody is to watch out for this Friday, it is the former World Champion.


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