Raw Rating: WWE scores a big “first” for 2017 when it comes to ratings metrics; perspective and key stats

By Wade Keller, PWTorch editor

Raw Crowd (Photo credit Ben Tucker © PWTorch)

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Last week’s July 3 episode of WWE Monday Night Raw on USA Network drew a 1.91 rating, a botch below the rolling ten week average of 1.92 and below the June average of 1.96.

The first hour drew 2.83 million viewers, and the third hour drew 2.78 million viewers, for a dropoff of only 45,000. That is below the 2017 average dropoff of 233,000. So the promise of Braun Strowman vs. Apollo Crews may have helped hold viewers. The second hour viewership was 2.91 million, as usual the highest of the show.

The July 3 rating was below the 2017 average of 2.11, but above the year-ago rating of 1.87. It’s the first time this year that Raw beat a year-ago rating, but last year Raw took a big hit because it fell on the Fourth of July holiday. So it may not mean much in the scheme of things going forward.

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