WWE Raw Viewership Posts Strong Increase for Season Premiere Episode

— Last night’s WWE Raw – which the company was promoting as the season premiere – was well up in viewership week-over-week, generating an audience of 2.570 million compared to 2.210 million last year. It is the most watched episode of Raw since August and the third best audience since April.

— On the night, Raw was #9 in total viewership but climbed all the way to #3, #4 and #5 in the 18-49 demographic. Sitting atop the charts in both categories was the NFL Monday Night game between the Steelers and Bengals which drew 10.467 million while grabbing the #1 spot in the 18-49 demo.

— Hours for Raw are below, with the usual gradual slide as the night went on though it wasn’t as steep as expected in the third hour:
* Hour 1 – 2.701 million
* Hour 2 – 2.592 million
* Hour 3 – 2.416 million