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Chamber fallout, NXT stars deliver WWE Raw’s best viewership in months

WWE was coming off a pay-per-view (PPV) and spent the hours before the show Monday making sure wrestling fans knew a quartet of NXT stars would be debuting on Monday Night Raw this week. And it led to an increase in average hourly viewership of more than 300K over the previous week, as 2.77 million tuned in on Feb. 18.

In addition to the gains over last week and best of the year so far numbers, the President’s Day edition was the best average Raw’s had since Labor Day (Sept. 3, 2018).

The first hour was the highlight, as usual, and the show peaked at over 3 million viewers. The drops weren’t great through, as Raw lost ~620K from 8pm to 10pm eastern; a greater percentage of the audience than tuned out on Feb. 4.

Here’s the hourly breakdown:

Hour one: 3.05 million
Hour two: 2.84 million
Hour three: 2.43 million

Should we just declare Aleister Black, Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano & Ricochet big draws? Say Becky Lynch isn’t one? Did people tune in for fallout from Elimination Chamber and slowly tune out when they got good wrestling which had little to do with what had come before? Did folks stick around to see the new guys in action, and dip when they found out the main event was a rematch of a PPV squash?

I don’t know myself, but I imagine lots of people have theories.

Get complete results and the live blog from Raw this week here, a recap of & reactions to all the night’s events here, and a playlist with all the video highlights from the show here.

Source: Showbuzz Daily

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