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WWE Raw ratings up despite Home Run Derby competition

The show featured Logan Paul's first appearance on WWE TV since WrestleMania.

Even with competition from the Home Run Derby knocking Raw to fourth place last night, Raw's ratings were up from last week, averaging 1.77 million viewers overall and drawing a 0.46 rating in 18-49.

The episode was built around a Miz TV segment with Logan Paul, held for last, and on a tougher night than last week, Raw was up three percent in viewers, up five percent in 18-49, and up three percent in 18-34.

The hope was for Paul's appeal to boost younger viewership. Hour three doing a 0.32 rating in 18-34, and showing unique growth of 16 percent from hour two to three in women 12-34 while men 12-34 dropped 10 percent in the same period, close to usual, shows that Paul was a strong draw with younger women. Women 35-49 fell like a normal three-hour show would during the same period.

Raw was way down from last year, due to that being the first Raw in front of an arena with fans since the pandemic, plus bringing in John Cena and Goldberg for the show.

As compared to last year, Raw was down eight percent in viewers and down 18 percent in 18-49, but it stayed the same in 18-34. Factoring in the drop in homes with cable, the real figures would be three percent down in viewers, 14 percent down in 18-49, but five percent up in 18-34.

Home Run Derby won the night with 6.02 million viewers and a 1.72 rating in 18-49 on ESPN, and another 858,000 viewers and a 0.23 in 18-49 on ESPN2. The pre-show for Home Run Derby was second at 3.89 million viewers and a 1.13, while a Derek Jeter documentary coming off Home Run Derby was third with 1.84 million viewers and a 0.57.

Raw was third in women 18-49, fourth in men 18-49, fourth in 18-34, third in women 12-34, and fifth in men 12-34.

Miz & Mrs was 14th for the night with 571,000 viewers and a 0.18 in 18-49. Viewers were down 15 percent from last week and 18-49 was down 10 percent. In the time slot, Miz & Mrs was second behind the Jeter documentary.

Aside from baseball-related shows on ESPN, Raw also beat everything on network TV except The Bachelorette on ABC in 18-49.

For total viewers, Raw was 13th on cable, behind baseball and news.

First-to-third hour movement saw women 18-49 drop five percent, men 18-49 grow four percent, women 12-34 grow 32 percent, and men 12-34 grow 16 percent. People over 50 fell five percent. All of those numbers are far lower declines than normal, so hour three was far more attractive to a WWE viewer than usual.

The three hours were:

  • 8 p.m. 1.78 million viewers
  • 9 p.m. 1.81 million viewers
  • 10 p.m. 1.70 million viewers