Raw Rating: Viewership rebounds from record depths of two weeks ago with no NBA competition, key stats and perspective

By Wade Keller, PWTorch editor


The May 13 episode of WWE Monday Night Raw on USA Network drew a 1.68 among live and same-night-DVR viewers. That’s up from the 1.63 last week and the second weekly increase since the 1.56 crater two weeks ago. It’s still below the average rating for the year, which is 1.82 through this week and the ten week rolling average of 1.80. One year ago this week Raw drew a 1.92 rating. Two years ago this week, Raw drew a 1.89 rating.

The first hour drew 2.576 million viewers, up from 2.468 million last week, an increase of just over 100,000 viewers. The second hour drew 2.391 million, below last week’s number of 2.240. The third hour drew 2.080 million, slightly above last week’s 2.024 million. The first-to-third hour drop-off was 496,000, above the yearly average of 412,000 and more the prior two episodes.

This was all good for the top three slots in cable TV on Monday night in the coveted 18-49 demographic with ratings of 0.9, 0.8, and 0.7 for each hour. It beat out the NHL playoff game between the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks which drew a 0.5 tied for no. 5 in the nightly rankings. Two Fox News programs drew more viewers, but an older demographic so it landed lower in the 18-49 rankings.

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