We're well on the road to WrestleMania 30 with just a couple weeks of Monday Night Raw episodes left before the big pay-per-view (PPV) extravaganza in New Orleans. Pro wrestling won't get any hotter than it is right now.
That's why it's at least somewhat surprising to see the latest episode of Raw had a steep decline in viewership from the week prior.
Indeed, last night's (Mar. 17, 2014) edition of the show, centered mostly on Triple H announcing an extra stipulation for his match with Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania before swerving Bryan in an angle during the main event, averaged 4.07 million viewers for all three hours. That's down big from the 4.35 million who tuned in last week, not to mention the 4.56 million the week before that.
Here's the hourly breakdown:
Hour one: 4.00 million
Hour two: 4.16 million
Hour three: 4.05 million
The sky certainly isn't falling but the powers that be would obviously much rather see higher numbers just a number of weeks away from the biggest show of the year and, perhaps, the most important event in company history.
For complete results and the live blog from Raw click here. For full reactions click here. For a complete playlist from the show click here. And if you want to listen to the Cageside Live podcast breaking down the show click here.