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WWE Raw ratings up six percent this week

A combination of the lack of baseball competition and the shocking news of Roman Reigns' leukemia diagnosis led to Raw being up six percent last night and averaging 2.54 million viewers.

With no more baseball competition, the ratings should increase slightly from the numbers of the past month, not including last night which is likely above what shows will be doing because of the Reigns announcement.

The NFL game with the Atlanta Falcons vs. New York Giants did 10.33 million viewers as the leading competition.

CW's Arrow, which featured Cody Rhodes in his role as a drug dealer in prison, did 1.18 million viewers head-to-head with the first hour of Raw.

WWE's Road to Evolution special, which aired directly after Raw, did 1.11 million viewers, keeping 46 percent of the audience that watched the third hour of Raw.

Raw was 10th for the night on cable, trailing only NFL-related and news-related programming.

Women stuck with the third hour at a higher percentage than men, which is different from the usual pattern, and likely related to more interest in any follow-up on Reigns.  

However, in the 18-49 demo, 41.5 percent of women stayed for the Evolution special, while 42.3 percent of men 18-49 stayed for the special.

The three hours were:

  • 8 p.m. 2.61 million viewers
  • 9 p.m. 2.62 million viewers
  • 10 p.m. 2.41 million viewers