The ratings are in for last night's episode of Monday Night Raw from Cleveland, Ohio, and it appears we have a baseline for the kind of audience WWE will draw throughout the summer in the absence of extreme competition.
Here's the hourly breakdown:
Hour one: 3.93 million
Hour two: 4.20 million
Hour three: 4.25 million
At least the pattern of popping big in the first time, maxing out in the second, and dropping off in the third appears to be a thing of the past.
This does raise the question, however, that if WWE can reasonably be expected to consistently draw 4 million viewers each week on cable, is there any hope at all that the WWE Network will get up to the 2 million subscribers the company hopes for to make the over-the-top venture profitable?
We'll have to stay tuned for all that, but early signs are that it's not looking good.