John Cena’s return leads to WWE Raw topping all of television in 18-49

Last week, WWE Raw hit its highest viewership since the night after WrestleMania – Monday’s return of John Cena kept Raw at the same level.

Last week, WWE Raw hit its highest viewership since the night after WrestleMania – Monday’s return of John Cena kept Raw at the same level.

The June 27th edition of Raw from Laredo, Texas, saw Cena’s return to WWE programming and led to the show averaging 1,951,000 viewers and approximately 700,000 (0.54) in the 18-49 demographic, per Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics and Showbuzz Daily.

WWE Raw was not only the top program on cable Monday but all of television in the 18-49 demographic.

The show topped two million viewers for the first two hours of the program and was the second consecutive week where they achieved that level from 8-10 p.m. ET.

The first hour averaged 2,005,000 viewers and 0.55 in the 18-49 demographic. In the second hour, it grew to 2,016,000 viewers and 0.56 in the key demo. The third hour fell to 1,832,000 viewers and 0.50.

Hour three saw a big loss among female viewers with a drop of 25 percent among females 18-49 and a 20 percent decline among females 12-34 from hour one to hour three. In overall viewership, the program fell nine percent and the 18-49 demo dropped by the same amount from the first to the final hour.

In overall viewership, the show dropped two percent from last while the 18-49 audience was only down by one percent. In the key demo, males increased by eight percent while females dropped by 14 percent from the week prior.

There was a bump among adults 18-34 of 18 percent and a healthy increase among the 12-34 demo.

Adults 35-49 dropped by 11 percent and adults 50+ fell by eight percent.

In Canada, the show averaged approximately 185,400 viewers and 93,500 in the 25-54 demographic on Sportsnet 360, which were increases of four and 15 percent respectively. It ranked third on Monday among sports programming in Canada behind the Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox and an edition of Sportsnet Central.

Next week’s edition of Raw falls on the 4th of July, which is a very tough night for television viewership. However, Raw is riding a lot of momentum over the past two weeks and they will be coming off the Money in the Bank card. The show takes place in San Diego and will include Rey & Dominik Mysterio facing Finn Balor & Damian Priest.

The episode of Miz & Mrs that followed Raw on the USA Network averaged 669,000 viewers and 0.21 in 18-49, ranking fourth among cable originals behind WWE Raw, Tucker Carlson Live on Fox News, and Watch What Happens Live on Bravo. It was the highest figures of the season for Miz & Mrs.

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