After some really bad numbers the Monday before, WWE went ahead and brought SmackDown’s Roman Reigns in for the Sept. 20 edition of Raw. The started promoting the Universal champion (and SmackDown Tag champs The Usos) several days in advance, and largely built the show around the Tribal Chief.
It helped, even with ESPN’s two channels airing Monday Night Football drawing almost 14 million viewers. With an average audience of 1.79 million across Raw’s three hours, viewership was up approximately 7% from Sept. 13.
The first two hours were steady, but the average was brought down by the 10pm ET number. How many people walked out of PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina during the Alexa Bliss/Charlotte Flair segment? We’ll never know. But is seems a bunch watching at home tuned out around that point.
Hour One: 1.860 million
Hour Two: 1.853 million
Hour Three: 1.667 million
The Reigns-led Raw also bounced back in the demo. Ratings among 18 - 49 year old averaged out at .49 this Monday, an almost 17% improvement on Sept. 13’s historic low. Considering they did this against a slate of premieres on the broadcast networks (including Miz on Dancing With The Stars), and with the Green Bay Packers/Detroit Lions MNF game pulling a combined 4.58 with 18 - 49 year olds... that’s not too shabby.
It’s also better than what AEW Dynamite did last week, if you’re paying attention to that sort of thing.
A rumor went around that ratings success for The Tribal Chief expanding the Island of Relevancy to Mondays would mean more top stars appearing on both Raw and SmackDown. We’ll have to see if these numbers are impressive enough to WWE and USA & FOX management to warrant that.
Numbers via Showbuzz Daily