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WWE Raw last night on USA Network among live and same-night-DVR viewership drew a 1.63 rating, down from last week’s 1.72 rating for the special draft edition. Viewership dropped off a typical amount between the first and third hour from 2.477 million to 2.175. The loss of 302,000 viewers is lower than the 310,000 yearly average to date.
Last week’s third hour dropped below 2 million (to 1.997 million), whereas this week no hour drew less than 2.175 million, so this week’s show held viewership better. A blowout NFL score between the New York Jets and New England Patriots probably helped in that regard, as did the tease of a mystery partner or friend for The Street Profits. (Note: A PWTorch backstage source confirmed that Kevin Owens was at Raw all evening and his late appearance during the main event wasn’t a product of being late to the building due to travel issues.)
Raw one year ago drew a 1.74 rating, two years ago drew a 2.03 rating, and three years ago drew a 2.01 rating.
In the 18-49 demographic, Raw finished in positions 5, 6, and 7 among all cables show on Monday night, behind not just the NFL game on ESPN, plus the pre-show and post-show, but also TLC’s “90 Day Fiance.”