Last night’s episode of Raw drew the show’s biggest audience in three years with 2.34 million viewers and a 0.70 rating in 18-49.
The 30th anniversary show is expected to have big numbers because every time WWE brings back big stars from the past, including Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Undertaker and DX, the numbers are always boosted by smaller audiences.
The commercial-free first hour averaged 2.64 million viewers and earned a 0.80 in 18-49. It was one of the biggest drops from the first to third hour in the show’s history, which sounds scary, but is to be expected considering how big the numbers were. When you have a three-hour show and the first hour is commercial-free, it shouldn’t be viewed negatively as a big drop. And the third hour was still over two million viewers.
Especially in the third hour, most of the key people who were advertised to increase the numbers appeared on the show, Hogan, Flair, Undertaker, or Sami Zayn’s bloodline test.
Raw was the number one show on television in 18-49, even beating The Bachelor on ABC and The Neighborhood on CBS in the demo. The number two show on cable, the Kansas vs. Baylor college basketball game that went head-to-head on ESPN, did 1.22 million/0.36, so the raw nearly doubled.
Raw won every key demo on cable by a large margin, except for women 18-49. He won that, but below deck did a very strong number for second place.
In total viewers, Raw was sixth for the night, its best showing in a long time. It has only aired five shows on Fox News.
Coming off last week’s episode of the football game, which topped 30 million viewers, Raw was up 60 percent in viewers, 67 percent in 18-49, and 63 percent in 18-34.
A year ago, the first show since football ended last year, Raw was up 33 percent in viewers, 51 percent in 18-49, and 69 percent in 18-34.
There was a huge audience for the Raw episode starting February 17, 2020, when Randy Orton and Drew McIntyre were doing big episode numbers on the show.
The three hours were:
- 8 pm 2.64 million viewers
- 9 pm 2.37 million viewers
- 2.02 million viewers at 10 pm