With the debut of the post-draft roster for a “season premiere” episode, and nationally televised competition from only one live sport, Raw’s numbers bounced back nicely on Oct. 25.
Average viewership of 1.658 million was up 4% from the week before. The 18 - 49 year old demographic rating was even more improved. Monday’s .47 across the show’s three hours was a more than 20% jump from Oct. 18’s historically bad result with that age group.
Here are the hourly numbers, which show stability in the key demo...
Hour One: 1.727 million / .48
Hour Two: 1.668 million / .47
Hour Three: 1.580 million / .46
As impressive as the 18 - 49 year old numbers were, as Wrestlenomics’ Brandon Thurston pointed out, the 18 - 34 ratings were even more improved. The .29 from that demo was 30% better than last Monday, and likely fueled this week’s overall gains.
The lack of competition from baseball was a factor, and the World Series has an off day next Monday too, so WWE and USA only have the NFL to worry about from here on out. Not that king football isn’t an issue - this week’s Seattle Seahawks/New Orleans Saints Monday Night Football game was watched by nearly 13 million on ESPN and ESPN2.
Numbers via Showbuzz Daily