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Raw Rating Spikes For Shane McMahon’s Return

Thanks in part to early hype for Raw promising a huge moment to kick off the evening, the first Raw after the Fastlane Pay Per View saw a big jump in viewers, with the first two hours both breaking the 4 million mark, as a larger-than-usual audience tuned in to see Shane McMahon make his first appearance in WWE in several years and end up in a Hell in a Cell match with The Undertaker at WrestleMania.

It’s not all good news, however, as a third hour that featured an advertised Roman Reigns vs Sheamus match lost over 600,000 viewers from the second hour, dragging the entire show’s average viewership and ratings down significantly. Overall, the show ended up averaging 3.88 million viewers and a 1.35 rating in the 18-49 demographic, up significantly from the week before, and generally a good sign as WWE builds towards WrestleMania.

Hourly Breakdown

Hour 1 (8PM-9PM): 4.201 million viewers, 1.43 demo rating
Hour 2 (9PM-10PM): 4.055 million, 1.42 demo rating
Hour 3 (10PM-11PM + overrun: 3.396 million, 1.29 demo rating

Stephen Randle

Stephen Randle

Stephen Randle is an avid wrestling and film fan. He's been writing about WWE, movies, and video games for Goliath since 2015.