The return of live fans and the follow-up to the Money in the Bank card saw WWE Raw hits its best viewership since the night after WrestleMania.
Monday’s episode in front of a packed crowd at the American Airlines Center in Dallas averaged 1,923,000 viewers and 741,000 (0.57) in the 18-49 demographic, first reported by Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics.
It was the show`s best viewership average since April 12th, which was the night after WrestleMania 37, and its best 18-49 rating since April 19th.
Over the past four weeks with competition from the NBA, NHL, and Home Run Derby, Raw had averaged 1,593,000 and 565,000 in 18-49, representing increases of 20.7 and 31 percent respectively.
It was a loaded edition of Raw featuring the advertised appearance by John Cena, one night after his return at the pay-per-view. The show also saw appearances from Bill Goldberg, Keith Lee, and Karrion Kross as new and returning faces on the program with the road to SummerSlam beginning.
In Canada, the show did a huge number with 276,000 viewers and 134,300 in the 25-54 demographic. The previous four episodes of Raw in the country had averaged 174,000 viewers for comparison purposes.