One would think with a mix-and-match combination of The Rock, John Cena, Triple H, Brock Lesnar, CM Punk, and Undertaker all appearing on Monday Night Raw in the month leading up to WrestleMania 29 on April 7, 2013, in East Rutherford, New Jersey, that the show would do quite well for itself in the ratings.
That may still be the case but WWE is having some trouble keeping up the momentum it built just a few weeks ago with Undertaker's big return on the "Old School" episode of Raw.
Indeed, last night's (March 18) show scored a 3.09 rating and averaged 4.26 million viewers, down big from the 4.81 million who tuned in last week. Here's the hourly breakdown.
Hour one: 4.25
Hour two: 4.42
Hour three: 4.11
Oh look, that old trend again. And that number for the third hour is the lowest of the entire year, as is the number for the first hour.
Frankly, it's surprising there wasn't a bigger drop considering how poorly put together and executed the show was in the first two hours. It's no surprise that the Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar contract signing couldn't save it, although that segment was largely uncomfortable and unsatisfactory for a number of reasons anyway.
These numbers are still good, mind you, and the competition was relatively strong from the Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics basketball game, but this is WrestleMania season. It's time to put the best foot forward.