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Last night’s Monday Night Raw drew a 2.24 Nielson rating for live and same night DVR viewership, which is the highest rating since March 6. The average for March was 2.21. The 2017 average rating so far is 2.20 and the ten-weekly rolling average headed into this week was 2.28.
The promise of the Goldberg and Brock Lesnar “together under one roof” segment held third hour viewership better than average, with a first-to-third hour drop off of only 56,000, well below the 265,000 average over the last 20 weeks.
A year ago, Raw drew a 2.66. They’re averaging 2.20 this year compared to 2.54 last year through this week in the year, a drop of 0.34.
Keller’s Analysis: I doubt WWE was expecting anything much different. Even with Goldberg, Brock Lesnar, Undertaker, and Triple H, there’s just not much reason at this point to believe there will be a better than ten percent increase anymore in viewership. They should be pleased with the retention from hour one to hour three. The peak viewership came in hour two with 3.426 million viewers, an increase of 173,000 from the first hour.