Raw Rating: Increase over last week, big drop-off during show, key metrics and perspective

By Wade Keller, PWTorch editor

PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents a special Thursday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast featuring a WrestleMania 36 Preview with ex-WWE Creative Team member and professional stand-up comedian Matt McCarthy.
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WWE Monday Night Raw this week (12/2 episode) drew a 1.58 rating, up from last week’s 1.52 rating the prior week and below the ten-week rolling average of 1.61 headed into this week. The first hour drew 2.418 million viewers, the second hour drew 2.279 million viewers, and the third hour drew 1.928 million viewers.

The first-to-third hour drop-off of 490,000 is above the 327,000 average for the year, likely due to a competitive and high-stakes NFL game on ESPN. The main event of the third hour of Raw featured Ricochet & Rey Mysterio & Humberto Carrillo vs. The O.C. (A.J. Styles & Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows).

In the key 18-49 demographic, Raw’s three hours finished in slots 4, 5, 6, behind only Monday Night Football on ESPN (the game, the pre-show, and post-show). The NFL game drew 14.030 million viewers compared to Raw’s peak hour drawing 2.418 million viewers.

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