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WWE Raw ratings up for Hell in a Cell go-home show

Source: Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics

Last night's Hell in a Cell go-home edition of Raw averaged 1.742 million viewers on the USA Network, up 6.2 percent from last week. It's the best viewership number Raw has drawn since May 17.

In the 18-49 demo, last night's Raw drew a 0.49 rating, up 2.1 percent from the previous week. It's Raw's best mark in that category since May 10.

Of note is the fact that Raw beat the most recent episode of SmackDown in the 18-49 demo despite the fact that SmackDown is on network TV and available in about 30 percent more homes.

Year-over-year, Raw was down 10.1 percent in total viewers and down 7.6 percent in the 18-49 demo. The difference between this year and 2020 is that Raw aired opposite some big sports competition last night. Most major sports were dark at this time last year due to the pandemic.

The two NBA games on TNT last night averaged 3.9 million viewers and 3.4 million viewers respectively. There was also an NHL game that averaged 964,000 viewers on the NBC Sports Network, and the Olympic trials on NBC did nearly three million viewers.

Here's a look at the last 11 weeks of viewership and 18-49 demo numbers for Raw, along with the 10-week average prior to this week in both categories: