According to the early numbers that have come in to us here at WrestleHeat.com, last night’s edition of WWE Monday Night RAW on the USA Network (3/21/11) scored a 3.3 cable rating with an overall audience of 5.1 million. The household rating was down 9% compared to last week’s 3.64 cable rating. The overall viewership was down 12% from last week’s 5.8 million viewers.
The rating has to be a disappointment for the company as they are now less than two weeks away until their biggest event of the year, WrestleMania. Fortunately for the company, however, they heavily hyped that the Rock will be there live in a “confrontation” of sorts with John Cena. A face-to-face confrontation between Triple H and the Undertaker is also promoted.
By comparison, and on the upside for the company, the comparable RAW last year on March 22, 2010 did a 3.24 cable rating with 4.51 million viewers. While the household rating is more or less the same, viewership is up 12% year-to-year. Since the households are similar and viewership isn’t, that simply means that there are the same amount of homes tuned in the homes, but more people in each home are tuning in.