WWE Raw is doing exceptionally well under the new regime, as the latest show drew 2.005 million viewers on the USA Network. The number was 1.978 million viewers for the same show last week. The key demographic of 18-49 also saw a boost from 0.53 to 0.55. It does create a value add situation for the company that has been trying to come up the curve after the Vince hush money scandal. WWE was in hot water after the scandal did the rounds. The investigation for it is already underway. Triple H has changed the show from a must-not-see to a must-see show in a month.
Triple H took charge when SummerSlam was on the horizon. The Raw after SummerSlam got 2,230,000 viewers to the USA network with a 0.61 rating in the key demographic. The numbers have stayed close to the 2 Million mark since then and continue to show a valuable trend. HHH has changed the way things worked out in the WWE. No part-timers are stealing the spotlight or asking for a title shot. What’s most interesting is that this wasn’t a special night like a legend show or any event. The hourly breakdown confirms that the WWE Universe felt invested in the product all along the running minutes.
Raw’s first hour had 2.055 million, the second hour had 2.044 million, and the third hour had 1.917 million viewers, which is an excellent sign for the company. It confirms that Triple H is leading the ship in the right direction, and the superstars and the fans are enjoying every moment of it. Triple H has helped shape careers, and one cannot deny that Johnny Gargano or Johnny Wrestling’s return, along with Dexter Lumis’ segment, were a reason behind the rating spike in the second hour. It confirms that fans love surprises, especially if it involves a return or an unexpected moment like Lumis.
If things go this way, one can ascertain that WWE will keep rising in the rating section. The wrestling juggernaut has a mind behind the creative decision that gives its superstars and the commentary team the freedom to speak their minds. There are fewer banned words, and wrestlers can go with the flow. Bayley’s misinterpretation of calling Iyo Sky Iro Shirai and instantly correcting herself is an indication. One can feel relaxed that there won’t be a fuss about it behind the curtain. Freedom has helped superstars as a weight got lifted off their shoulders. They are free while performing moves and doing anything else.
The fans also know that they will see something new every week instead of the repeat matches that kept going on until the Twitterverse made a noise about it. This anticipation of watching something new every week has filled the fans with hopes of getting their money’s worth weekly. Fans enjoy them like any other show hoping for some cliffhanger at the end. It leads to more entertainment and repeated viewership.
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