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Last night’s live episode of WWE Monday Night Raw on USA Network, including live and same night DVR viewership, drew a 2.35 rating. That’s down from last week’s 2.62 rating, but above the 2.24 average for 2017 so far and the ten week rolling average headed into this week of 2.27.
The rating a year ago this week was 2.5, and the year-to-date average a year ago was 2.54 (0.30 higher than this year’s average).
The drop-off from the first hour to the third hour was 176,000, elbow the 228,000 average drop-off so far this year headed into this week.
Keller’s Analysis: That’s a good rating, and not surprising given the usual boost any kind of “draft” episode of Raw generates. It’s the second-highest rating since Jan. 30, and the highest rating for a Raw not the day after a PPV since at least August of last year. I expect Smackdown to have a similar uptick with part two of the Smackdown Shake-up tonight.