We knew there would be a drop in viewers for this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw if only because last week got a boost from the Royal Rumble pay-per-view taking place the night before. We just didn’t know how big the drop would be.
It was pretty damn big.
Indeed, this week’s episode drew. 3.11 million viewers, down from 3.61 million last week. The hourly breakdown showed the usual drop in interest all throughout the evening:
Hour one: 3.33 million
Hour two: 3.16 million
Hour three: 2.84 million
The show was promoted with an injury update on Seth Rollins — one they mostly glossed over and offered very little in the way of an actual update — and Goldberg returning to answer Brock Lesnar’s challenge for a match at WrestleMania 33. By the end of the night, Goldberg was booked in a title match against Kevin Owens at Fastlane, so we’ll get to see sooner rather than later what Goldberg as a title contender (and maybe champion) will mean for ratings.
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