According to Showbuzz Daily, the first Raw of the Dean Ambrose Era brought in 3.467 million viewers and a 1.28 rating in the 18-to-49 demographic, good for respective 17 percent and 31 percent bumps from last week. It’s the best the show’s performed since the night after WrestleMania, where it brought in just over 4 million viewers and a 1.55 demo.
Here’s how the numbers break down:
Hour One: 1.25 demo rating (3.420 million viewers)
Hour Two: 1.34 demo rating (3.562 million viewers)
Hour Three: 1.25 demo rating (3.420 million viewers)
Raw ranked #2 for cable originals on the night, behind Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta, which we should probably start doing a Best and Worst report on. WWE was certainly helped out by the NBA Finals finally being over, and not pulling in monster ratings against them. If you want to be a jaded wrestling fan about it, feel free to assume that 17 percent of the audience heard Roman Reigns lost the championship and decided to give the show another look. Remember when Edge brought in huge ratings by not being John Cena?
Let’s hope the trend continues, and that we can fill our ratings tag page with more good news than bad.