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Raw ratings skyrocket with return of fans, Cena

With the ThunderDome in the rearview, and coming off a buzzworthy Money in the Bank PPV that included the return of John Cena, WWE was looking for big numbers for the July 19 Raw.

They got big bumps in both audience size, and the coveted 18 - 49 year old demographic. WrestlenomicsBrandon Thurston reported Monday night’s show averaged 1.923 million viewers across its three hours. That’s an almost 20% increase over July 12’s 1.609 million.

Ratings saw an even bigger jump. This week’s .57 demo number was more than 32% better than the .43 from the previous Monday. It also gave WWE and USA the top rated cable original for the night.

It’s pretty indicative of the market for live TV that a show this hyped, with no major sports competition, was still under 2 million viewers. But numbers are down for every channel and type of programming; WWE’s just been trying to keep their drops in line with everyone else’s.

Fans came back for the return of live crowds, and the promise/hope of big names. Now we’ll see if they stick around.

For complete results and the live blog for Raw this week click here. To read a review of the night’s events click here. For a full playlist of the show click here.

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