Which did you think would last longer? CM Punk as champion or John Laurinaitis as the on-screen WWE authority figure? Photo via upload.wikimedia.org.
I suppose this shouldn't be much of a surprise.
The ratings are in for last night's (June 18, 2012) episode of Monday Night Raw and the show did numbers comparable to the WrestleMania 28 fallout show. Indeed, Raw averaged 4.96 million viewers for a 3.4 rating.
Of course, No Way Out, which happened the night before, wasn't a particularly strong show that fans wanted to shell out money for, so why not just tune in to Raw the next night and find out everything that happened that way? It seems that's exactly what fans did, too.
The show also gained viewers from the first hour to the second, averaging 4.85 million in the first hour and 5.07 in the second hour. Perhaps the WWE Universe really was sick and tired of People Power and wanted to watch John Laurinaitis get booted out of the company. It's just too bad they didn't get to witness what happened when Raw went off the air.
"Ace" may have been stripped of his on-screen role as General Manager of Raw and Smackdown but it's still unclear whether or not he will continue with the organization as a contracted talent, though it seems to appear that could be the case.
Either way, the fact that the NBA Finals weren't on and this being the first show following a PPV led to solid numbers for the second week in a row.
For complete results and the running live blog from last night's episode of Raw click here. To listen to Sergio and myself gab about the show on the Cageside Live podcast click here. And for complete reactions to all the night's events click here.