Despite heavy competition from the Memorial Day holiday, as well as the NBA and NHL playoffs, the return of John Cena was enough to keep Raw’s ratings fairly consistent. Overall, the show averaged 3.23 million viewers and a 1.15 rating in the 18-49 demographic, good for third overall among Monday cable originals, behind TNT’s coverage of Game 7 of the NBA Western Conference finals. Raw actually gained viewers for the second hour, which can likely be attributed to the advertised return of John Cena, which was counter-programmed against halftime in the NBA game. In fact, the overall rating might have been even better than usual, and certainly well above expectations for a holiday Raw, had it not been for the third hour losing 300,000 viewers, dragging down the final numbers. In the end, though, WWE has to be pleased at maintaining their viewership numbers even with so many factors working against them.
Hour 1 (8-9 PM): 3.28 million viewers, 1.19 demo rating
Hour 2 (9-10 PM): 3.32 million viewers, 1.19 demo rating
Hour 3 (10-11 PM + overrun): 3.08 million viewers, 1.08 demo rating
All numbers are courtesy of Showbuzz Daily, and were delayed due to the Memorial Day holiday.