The Raw Reunion show, as expected did Raw’s biggest audience of the year, with 3.09 million viewers.
The previous high of 2.92 million came on the Raw after WrestleMania. Last night’s Raw was the most-watched episode of the show since April 23, 2018. It was not only the highest rated show on cable for the night, beating Hannity on Fox News at 3.04 million, but also beat everything except ABC and NBC on television head-to-head.
It was up 26 percent from last week and 11 percent from the same week last year.
They also kept the audience better than most weeks, although even with saving Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, and Ric Flair’s segment until the end, the third hour did fall from hour number two.
The rating is still an aberration in the sense that the best comparison number, the Raw 25th anniversary show, also bringing back all the stars from the past with a similar format, did 4.53 million viewers 18 months ago, so in a sense it tells you over 18 months they’ve lost 32 percent of viewers who would come back once for nostalgia purposes, and this show also had Hogan on it.
In going from hour two to hour three, women 18-49 dropped 11 percent while men gained two percent. Teenage girls also dropped 11 percent in hour three while teenage boys gained 12 percent, so the audience staying the full way to see Austin, Hogan, and Flair was the teenagers rather than the adults. The over-50 audience who would be the ones in theory with the most nostalgia thoughts of that group fell five percent, but that is less than usual of a third hour drop.
The three hours were:
8 p.m. 3.02 million viewers
9 p.m. 3.18 million viewers
10 p.m. 3.08 million viewers