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Monday’s episode of WWE Raw on USA Network drew a 2.24 rating, in line with the 2018 average so far of 2.23 and the ten-week rolling average headed into this week of 2.33. It beat the rating of last year’s same-week rating of 2.21, but below the rating from two years ago this week of 2.44
The hourly viewership was 3.434 million, 3.472 million, and 3.076 million. The drop-off from the first to the third hour was 358,000, below the 2018 average of 481,000. Some eyes were on the third hour rating which concluded with the Ultimate Deletion match between Bray Wyatt and “Woken” Matt Hardy on the “Hardy Compound.” It appears to have performed well, although we plan to analyze minute-by-minute trends later this week here at PWTorch.com.
All three hours of WWE Raw landed in three of the top top four spots in cable ratings on Monday night. The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC finished with 3.171 million viewers in the 9 p.m. hour, putting it in the no. 3 spot for total viewership between hours one and two of Raw. Next came VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” with 2.209 million, more than a million viewers lower than Raw’s three-hour average. Raw was also no. 1 among the 18-49 demographic coveted by advertisers. For comparison, the NBA games on ESPN drew 1.960 million and 1.539 million viewers, landing it in the no. 6 and no. 7 positions among the key 18-49 adult demo.