WWE Raw draws best ratings since April 6

Ratings for the post-Money in the Bank episode of Raw were up 13.7 percent from last week’s record low, averaging 1.919 million viewers last night.

It was the highest viewership for the show since April 6, which was the Raw after WrestleMania 36.

Starting late yesterday afternoon, the episode was heavily promoted around a major announcement from Becky Lynch. That turned out to be her announcing that she’s pregnant and that women’s Money in the Bank winner Asuka is now Raw Women’s Champion.

Raw opened with a relatively strong 1.993 million viewers in hour one. It held up pretty well throughout the show, averaging 1.961 million for the second hour and dropping to 1.802 million for the final hour. The first-to-third hour drop of 10 percent is slightly better than the usual audience retention. 

Raw averaged a 0.57 in the 18-49 demo, topping all of cable TV. In total viewers, the show finished 18th on cable but was second in non-news programming, behind Celebrity IOU on HGTV. The strongest demo for the show was a 0.79 rating in men 18-49, which topped all of cable television.

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