Raw did strong numbers last night with 1.91 million viewers and a 0.61 rating in 18-49, well above the norm for this year.
Aside from Legends Night and last week's Raw after WrestleMania, it was the best numbers Raw has done since August.
Raw was first on cable for the night in 18-49 and ninth in overall viewers.
Raw tied with Hannity for first in women 18-49, won with men 18-49 (beating the NBA game head-to-head with a 0.77 rating to the NBA's 0.76), was second to the NBA in 18-34, first in women 12-34, and third behind two NBA games in men 12-34.
Raw was down from last week, but that was to be expected. The drop was far less than expected, with a six percent drop in viewers,10 percent drop in 18-49, and 14 percent drop in 18-34.
As compared to the same week last year, which was from the Performance Center, Raw was up four percent in viewers, up nine percent in 18-49, and up 33 percent in 18-34. Raw has been never been up from the year before except in the case of a special episode. The good sign is that the ThunderDome shows this year do look to be up from the Performance Center shows of last year, and in particular with younger viewers.
Raw did go back to the pattern of most of the past few years of the big third quarter drop. That had not been the case as much in recent weeks.
As far as drops from hour to hour three, Raw was down nine percent with women 18-49, or less than usual, nine percent with men 18-49, 33 percent with teenage girls, 23 percent with teenage boys, and 15 percent in over 50.
The three hours were:
- 8 p.m. 2.02 million viewers
- 9 p.m. 1.98 million viewers
- 10 p.m. 1.72 million viewers