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WWE Raw ratings up three percent against weaker sports competition


Raw, with both a lower rated NFL game and no baseball playoff competition, grew three percent from last week averaging 2.34 million viewers. It also didn't have the bad first-to-third hour drop at the level of last week.

The first-to-third hour drop of 12 percent is in the normal range as compared to the 21 percent drop last week, which was the eighth largest in history.

Raw was 11th on cable, trailing assorted news shows on Fox News and MSNBC, football related programming on ESPN, and 90 Day Fiance on TLC.

What was notable is that women grew big in hour two, up 22 percent in hour two in 18-49, and more than 40 percent among teenage girls on a show with no women. Men 18-49 declined every hour with a first-to-third hour drop being nine percent, which is usual levels.

However, with teenagers, boys grew throughout the show and girls had a huge second hour increase and not nearly as big of a third hour drop

The highest rated show on television last night was the New England Patriots vs. New York Jets football game at 10.84 million viewers. The second highest rated was 9-1-1 on FOX, which features Ronda Rousey and drew 6.54 million viewers.

Raw was down eight percent from the 2.54 million viewers the show did last year on the same Monday, going against comparable television competition.

The three hours were:

  • 8 p.m. 2.48 million viewers
  • 9 p.m. 2.37 million viewers
  • 10 p.m. 2;18 million viewers