Coming out of a decently-received Money in the Bank PPV that also gave us a brand new WWE World Heavyweight Champion in Dean Ambrose, Raw scored its best rating in the last two months, averaging 3.47 million viewers and a 1.28 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Those are both massive gains over last week’s record lows, which saw the average viewership drop below 3 million, and the highest numbers since the Raw after WrestleMania (although still well below that mark). Raw was undoubtedly helped by the fact that the NBA Finals ended on Sunday, but still ended up finishing second for the night in cable originals, behind Love & Hip-Hop on VH-1. Even more incredibly, while the show did see a small drop between the second and third hours, it finished with basically the same number of viewers as it started with, something that has happened very rarely ever since the show expanded to three hours.
Hour 1 (8-9 PM): 3.42 million viewers, 1.25 demo rating
Hour 2 (9-10 PM): 3.56 million viewers, 1.34 demo rating
Hour 3 (10-11 PM + overrun): 3.42 million viewers, 1.25 demo rating
Numbers are courtesy of ShowbuzzDaily.com