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WWE Raw ratings down against Olympics

Source: Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics

Monday night's Raw averaged 1.814 million viewers on the USA Network, down 5.7 percent from last week. It's still the second highest audience for the show since May 17.

Coverage of the Olympics averaged more than 13 million viewers on NBC and went head-to-head against Raw. In addition, Raw aired, without warning, live on the West Coast instead of having its usual three-hour delay, so that may have also negatively affected the number.

In the 18-49 demo, Raw drew a 0.49 rating, down 14 percent from the previous week. That matched the second-highest rating that Raw has done in the demo since May 10. The show had 635,000 viewers in that category as compared to 741,000 last week.

Year-over-year, Raw was up 12.3 percent in overall viewers and up 2.1 percent in the 18-49 demo. It's the second straight week of year-over-year increases for the show, which coincides with the return of fans last week.

As compared to the 10-week average prior to last week, as shown in the chart below, Raw was up 8.8 percent in overall viewers and up 6.5 percent in 18-49: