Raw breaks a record of ratings

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Raw breaks a record of ratings

It seems that a lot of people in America have witnessed the surprising return of Johnny Gargano to WWE, during the episode of Monday Night Raw that aired this Monday night. And indeed the show has maintained its good viewership numbers since Triple H gained control of the creative team.

This is demonstrated by the figures released by 'Wrestlenomics' regarding the audience on 22 August, and Raw recorded 2,005,000 average viewers. This figure represents a not particularly significant increase (in fact it is 1%) compared to the previous week, but there are many reasons that make this result historic.

One of the most evident is the exceeding of two million, a figure that is not only symbolic given that for a long time it represented a limit that was difficult to reach for Raw. The key demographic also saw a slightly larger increase, with an average audience of 717,000 viewers aged 18 to 49.

And this represents 4% more than last week. When it comes to ratings on American TV ratings, Raw continues to amaze in recent weeks. WWE's flagship weekly show has in fact come in second among the original free-to-air TV productions, and also for prime time broadcasts.

In addition, he ranked third overall in the 18-49 demographic.

Raw has given emotions

Looking back a year ago, to be honest, Raw numbers are down slightly. However, there are some clarifications to be made. The episode of 08/23/2021 had a total number of viewers of 2,067,000, 3% more than this Monday.

The annual decline for the key demographic, however, was more drastic as last year's program had 15% more audience than Monday. However, it should be noted that that particular episode of Raw was the one shot in the aftermath of SummerSlam 2021, while SummerSlam 2022 occurred in late July.

It should be remembered that in 2021 SummerSlam was one of the most successful WWE events of the year (for some even more than WrestleMania), complete with a surprise return of Becky Lynch and Brock Lesnar. The decline this year, therefore, appears to be absolutely forgivable and even of very little account, considering that this Monday an episode of an absolutely transitional week was broadcast.

While most wrestling fans were overjoyed to see Gargano return to the company, former WWE head writer Vince Russo wasn't too pleased with the segment. "If nobody cares about numbers anymore; if eyeballs and customers don't mean anything anymore, then, bro, you're doing a banger of a job because the marks that attend this show are going to love the show.

[...] Johnny Gargano? Are you kidding me? Bro, I'm sitting here, primetime Monday night, and I'm looking at Johnny Gargano and Austin Theory in the ring, and I'm like, why would I watch this?"