USA's 'WWE RAW 'Celebrates 1000 Episodes & Debuts Third Hour to Record Ratings

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July 24th, 2012

via press release:



2-Hour Portion of Last Night’s Special Episode was the Most Watched WWE RAW since the show returned to USA in 2005
and the best in 10 years with over 6.3 million total viewers


Most Watched 3-hour WWE RAW ever with over 6 million total viewers and the highest P25-54 Delivery


WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – still the most-watched, regularly scheduled, year-round program on cable, airing live every Monday night, 52 weeks a year – debuted a third weekly hour (now airing from 8-11pm) during their 1000th episode celebration last evening with over 6 million total viewers tuning in and the highest P25-54 delivery ever.


USA was the #1 television network in Primetime – broadcast or cable – in P18-34 and topped all but Fox in P18-49, P25-54, total viewers. USA also bested #2 cable network VH1 by +50% in P18-49, +73% in P25-54 and #2 TNT for total viewers by +39%.


3-hour Average (8-11pm):


  • Most watched 3-hour WWE RAW ever with over 6 million viewers (6.04M) – the first to crack the 6 million mark.


  • Top 3 hour WWE RAW ever in P25-54 with 2.7 million viewers (2.73M)


2- Hour (9-11pm) “Regular Episode:”


  • Most Watched WWE RAW since the show returned to USA in 2005 and the best in 10 years with 6.3 million total viewers (6.31M)


  • Top 18-49 episode on USA in 4.5 years (since 12/07) at 3.1 million viewers (3.06M)


  • Top 25-54 episode on our air in more than a year (since 3/28/11) at 2.9 million viewers (2.86M)


Reflective of the on-air numbers, social activity also exploded over the digital channels:


  • According to Trendrr, WWE RAW was the No. 1 program on Cable and Broadcast.
  • Social activity buzz for WWE RAW bested all broadcast programs combined for the day.
  • WWE accumulated 52 worldwide trends during yesterday's three-hour telecast of WWE RAW including #Raw1000, #wwe, #raw, #dx and #undertaker.
  • At its peak, WWE RAW received over 9,000 tweets-per-minute, the top tweeted segment in the show's history, with the appearance of The Undertaker claiming the title of the biggest single social media moment of the show when activity spiked to more than 11,000 comments per minute.
  • Kaylie

    Wow. Nice, but 3 hours is not gonna work for them.

  • Mark

    Kaylie is more than likely right. This show has been hyped for the past two months, and they brought a ton of older faces that connected with the older fans, but the fans have shown in the past that they’re not totally invested in the WWE of now. Plus, WWE is going to using a ton of social media throughout the show, and I’m not sure that fans are going to want to see videos and tweets constantly. It was a great show last night, and I expected the ratings to be through the roof, but they will go back down especially with football season right around the corner.

  • Robert

    loved the show not sure if i’ll watch all 3 hours evry monday

  • Cameron

    3 hours isn’t a big deal if you watched WCW back in the 90s its nothing new.

  • Mitesahc

    Cameron is right. If they program a three hour program properly they could actually build something quite unique upon its own. The current problem with WWE is that the character development of some of the unbranded talent is weak. Also, if you recall WCW the first hour was a great spot for the cruiser weight division.

    Talent like Chris Jericho, Eddie Guererro, wouldn’t have had the opportunity to showcase their talent without the television time.

    It could also allow for a progression of the Raw program itself. Terry Funk once told Mick Foley that every match needs an angel and a demon. The emotions that the wrestling programs of the 80’s, 90’s, and early 2000’s have almost vanished. It would benefit them to create real moments again!

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