The ratings are in for WWE’s Raw Reunion show from last night and it’s good news for WWE along with USA Network. Thanks to Showbuzz Daily for the information.
Raw averaged 3.09 million viewers, which was a nice jump from last week’s 2.45 million average. That’s a 26% increase. To have over 500,000 million viewers in a week is pretty significant. In May and June, there were weeks where Raw averaged around 2.1 million viewers. This is more of what WWE wants to see on a regular basis. It was reported going into this show that it was a USA Network idea to have a Raw Reunion show because they want Raw’s ratings to be higher.
Obviously, advertising big name stars like “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan, Degeneration X, Ric Flair, Mick Foley and others certainly helped in a big way.
The three hours of Raw broke down like this:
Hour One: 3.02 million viewers.
Hour Two: 3.18 million viewers.
Hour Three: 3.08 million viewers.
The 3.09 million viewers average means that it was the highest audience for a Raw episode this year. Thanks to PWInsider for providing the numbers that show us that no other episode of Raw has averaged over 3 million viewers this year. The previous high was 2.92 million on April 8, which was the Raw after WrestleMania.
As the Wrestling Observer pointed out, the Raw 25 episode in January 2018 did over 4.5 million viewers, so this nostalgia show didn’t come that close to that one.
TJR Thoughts: It’s good news for WWE and it was expected because we don’t get to see Austin, Hogan, Flair, Degeneration X and others every week.
It also makes last night’s show even more frustrating because it was the biggest Raw of the year in terms of viewers at home in the United States, yet they didn’t run any big angles. Aside from Bray Wyatt attacking Mick Foley, there wasn’t much significant interaction between a current star and a legend from the past.