After airing its biggest pay-per-view of the year from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., the WWE had plenty to hope for when Monday Night Raw came rolling into full gear.
Fortunately for the WWE, the aftermath of WrestleMania 29 provided a big lift for Monday Night Raw.
The Monday, April 8 edition of WWE Raw, which was live right across from MetLife Stadium at the Izod Center, saw a strong boost in viewership from last week's program (via TV By the Numbers).
WWE Raw got off on the right foot Monday night when its first hour had 4.49 million viewers. Raw's second hour increased to 4.78 million viewers, which was at the show's peak period. The final and third hour of Raw dipped to 4.56 million viewers.
In adults 18-49, Raw scored its highest number during the show's second and third hour, which landed a 1.7 rating. Meanwhile, its first hour was slightly under with a 1.5 rating.
On Monday night, WWE Raw secured the No. 1 spot on cable television's Top 50 list, with MTV's Teen Mom 2 coming in second.
My quick take on WWE Monday Night Raw:
The WWE really put out its best efforts on Monday night, as this past edition of Raw could qualify as the most exciting and well-booked program this year thus far.
Adding more to Raw's success, the sellout crowd at the Izod Center was extremely electric throughout the three-hour program. The crowd seemed to root on the heels much more than the babyfaces, which provided a breath of fresh air to WWE's product.
There should be really no major surprise that the WWE landed a good viewership mark on Monday night, as the post-WrestleMania coverage most likely contributed to deeper interest in watching Raw.
Looking forward for the WWE:
The main concern for the WWE is whether it can continue to hold its post-WrestleMania momentum. With Dolph Ziggler and new World Heavyweight Champion and Ryback suddenly turning heel by attacking John Cena on Raw, which drew tons of cheers and hardly any boos, the WWE has a very interesting television product going forward.
Although there should not be major expectations to continue strong viewership numbers, expect the WWE to make things interesting in an attempt to keep fan interest higher.