That Rosa Mendes is a ratings draw.
Total Divas, the WWE's "reality" show focused on the majority of their female roster members, which airs first run episodes on E! Network before repeats are added to WWE Network, returned for a third season this past Sunday night (you can see clips of the show here). And the episode, focused on Nikki Bella hiding pretty important things from boyfriend John Cena and other drama, was a ratings hit.
Up 15% in overall viewers from season two's first episode, this is good news for fans of the gonzo relationship drama that is Total Divas, and bad news for Raw watchers who would love to not be subjected to random Cameron & Eva Marie vs. Natalya & Rosa tag matches.
Here's the press release sent out, which breaks down the numbers:
E!'S "TOTAL DIVAS" SEASON 3 PREMIERE DELIVERS OVER 1.2 MILLION TOTAL VIEWERS
"#RichKids of Beverly Hills" Draws Half a Million Among Adults 18-49 - Second Season Continues to Pace Ahead of Season 1
Los Angeles, CA - September 8, 2014 - E!'s "Total Divas" kicked off its third season premiere with a pop on Sunday, September 7 (9-10:00 pm). Delivering over 1.2 million total viewers and 821K Adults 18-49, the series was up +15% and +17% respectively versus the season 2 premiere. Back for an all-new season where sisterhood meets over-the-top drama, viewers were introduced to the brazen WWE Diva, Rosa MendesTM, and saw Nikki BellaTM pursue freezing her eggs unbeknownst to her longtime boyfriend, WWE Superstar John CenaTM. The unprecedented inside look at the lives of the women of the WWE® was the most watched E! season 3 premiere in more than three years. On the digital front, "Total Divas" garnered 26,000 Tweets and ranked as the #1 ad-supported cable program of the night (excluding sports).
Viewers of Sunday night's highly rated "Total Divas'" premiere stayed tuned for a new episode of "#RichKids of Beverly Hills" (10 - 10:30 pm), which followed EJ Johnson as a celebrity Grand Marshal of San Francisco's Pride Parade. The episode, which also documented socialite Dorothy Wang's return to the dating scene after recent heartbreak, retained nearly two-thirds (64%) of its lead-in and delivered over half a million among Adults 18-49 (516K). The second season continues to pace ahead of season 1 by +6%.