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WWE Raw draws another strong ratings number, finishes first on cable

Raw averaged 1.98 million viewers on Monday night.

Raw last night did another strong number, averaging 1.98 million viewers overall and drawing a 0.53 rating in the 18-49 demo. The show finished first for the night on cable including beating the final episode of Better Call Saul head-to-head.

Raw beat every television show on cable and network except The Bachelorette in 18-49 and all but four network shows and one cable show, two in Spanish, in 18-34.

Raw won women 18-49 close over Better Call Saul and Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, won men 18-49, was second to Better Call Saul in 18-34 and women 12-34, and was just ahead in men 12-34.

In total viewers, Raw ranked behind eight news shows.

It was up one percent from last week in viewers, down one percent in 18-49, and down 17 percent in 18-34, which also means a big increase in 35-49.

As compared to one year ago, Raw was up seven percent in viewers, down three percent in 18-49, and down nine percent in 18-34. However, if you factor in homes lost by cable, it would be up 11 percent in viewers, up one percent in 18-49, and down six percent in 18-34.

The show did have third-hour drops, but still well below usual levels. From hour one-to-three, women 18-49 fell 11 percent, men 18-49 fell one percent, females 12-34 stayed even, and males 12-34 fell six percent. Shockingly, people over 50 were the same in hour one as hour three, which is a rarity as that demo almost always drops.

So while the long third-hour matches didn't have much heat live, they did work from a television standpoint.

The three hours were:

  • 8 p.m. 1.97 million viewers
  • 9 p.m. 2.09 million viewers
  • 10 p.m. 1.88 million viewers