The Rock’s WWE Return Causes RAW Ratings Spike

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Last night’s three-hour broadcast of WWE Monday Night RAW featuring the return of The Rock drew an average audience of 4.74 million viewers, up sharply 15% from last week’s 4.02 million for its regular two-hour broadcast from 9-11:05PM EST. The typical two-hour timeslot of RAW drew 4.95 million.

The broadcast drew a 1.9 demo among adults 18-49, up 18% from last week’s 1.55 rating. The show peaked in the 9PM hour, drawing exactly 5 million viewers and a 2.0 demo.

The first hour, which for three-hour broadcasts historically draws the lowest rating, drew 4.3 million viewers and a 1.7 demo — which actually outrated the average of last week’s broadcast in its typical timeslot.

UPDATE: In the household ratings, the three-hour broadcast drew a 3.25 cable rating on USA with a 3.37 rating in its standard two hour timeslot. The latter rating was the highest RAW rating since May 23, 2011.

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