WWE RAW Ratings: Best Performance Since July, Over 5 Million Viewers

The ratings are in for Monday’s RAW – and WWE has reason to feel very confident about the state of the company’s flagship show headed into WrestleMania season.

Monday’s 1/28 post-Royal Rumble edition of WWE RAW drew a 3.7 rating with 5.02 million viewers, the best performance (and the first time the show has cracked 5 million viewers) since RAW went to 3 hours back on July 23rd, 20112 for the RAW 1,000 special.

Here is the hourly viewership data:

Hour 1: 4,860,000
Hour 2: 5,270,000
Hour 3: 4,930,000

Yes, RAW lost viewers in the final hour again, which has been the trend of the 3-hour RAW era. However, that third hour nearly broke 5 million viewers, so there’s really not much to complain about. Overall, it’s a strong indication of The Rock’s drawing power and fan interest coming out of the Royal Rumble.

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  • 7 year old boy

    Hour 2 all because of the The Rock and the last hour all because of Lesnar`s return.

    • dabuz

      Wasn’t the Rock and Punks segment at the top of hour 3? I could have sworn that began at 10:00.

      • Guest

        And that is the start of the second hour.

        • http://twitter.com/PennyUndead Roger Penland

          no, that’s the start of the third hour…..
          8-9pm, 9-10pm, 10-11pm…

          • dabuz

            I thought so, thanks. So didn’t Rock and Punks promos actually lose viewership then since hour 3 was below hour 2? Really I could have sworn Rock came out to the ring at the 10 oclock mark.

          • Prophetless

            They probably lost some viewers there because WWE said that The Rock was coming out shortly after 9 and didn’t come out until about 10. The Brodus Clay/Tensai thing was shown instead for some reason after the commercial and announcement.

          • http://twitter.com/AJCampbellNYG Andrew Campbell

            The hourly viewership is the amount of viewers left at the end of each hour. The end of the second hour ended with over 5 million viewers because The Rock and Punk segment closed out the hour and dragged into the start of the third hour.

            It doesn’t mean Punk and Rock’s promo lost viewers, it means the stars/matches and segments that followed failed to retain viewers for the remainder of the show.

        • dabuz

          I thought 8-9 was hour 1, 9-10 was hour 2, and 10-11:05 was hour 3.

      • http://twitter.com/AJCampbellNYG Andrew Campbell

        The Rock/Punk segment closed out the second hour. Only the final few minutes of the promo bleeded over into the start of the 3rd hour.

    • My Debut Album

      Rock appeared during the third hour, just sayin brah!


    Brock Lesnar’s return played a big part in it also!

    • Ghana

      Rock winning WWE title played a big part. They had a strong start so obviously Rock being champ did not lose ratings, it gained ratings. No one knew Brock would be there last night until 3rd hour. He boost 3rd hour back.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peer-Pressure/100000691268185 Peer Pressure

    All because of the great one.

    • 2muchfire

      Wanna swing from his nuts anymore or what?

    • 2muchfire

      No doubt… The Rock is a ratings boosters. #timesup

      • Macc Frost

        i agree homie Rock haters loool either you a punk mark or cena mark both your boys aint NEVERRR touching the rock drawing power he help sets records they both can never touch , jericho is one and brock is as well are huge draws so sad wwe had to reply on pass stars anyone knows why ?

        • 2muchfire

          Shut up assclown. Rock sucks.

          • Macc Frost

            yo dude why you popping shit over the internet , it’s just an opinion i dont even like wrestling like that or barely watch it , you soft for doing that , how old are you ? you still a virgin ? you still wear huggies ?

  • pwnez

    The Rock winning the WWE title, Chris Jericho returning, the possible return of Brock Lesnar and the fact that it was the night after one of the biggest PPVs of the year. You can’t go wrong with that at all.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=732542390 Donte Shoshona Gopual

      I love when raw does ratings like this, because it really shows them how bad 2012 was, and now they know what gets viewers. Still if there is anything i want from them now is step up the intensity in the matches they’ve been way too slow as of late and more predictable than ever

    • MalaysianInvasion

      i think the main reason raw got such high ratings were bc of jericho and lesnar. even i was jumping out of my seat when i saw lesnar return and i gave up on wwe months ago but i aggree with what u said

      • Big Johnny

        That’s a very naive point of view

        • Mike

          No, that’s just his opinion dude..

      • King of Kings

        Jericho might have made some impact because he was there the night before but you have to consider the fact that half the fans didn’t know what happened at the Rumble (hence that he returned). Also, only the dirt sheet reader fans like us even considered Lesnar coming back (1 percentile). As much as you haters might not want to admit it, the reason Raw did so well was because of The Rock. My wwe shares are up 9% Since The Rock came back (go figure)…. idiots

    • guest

      You left out the part where CM Punk is no longer champion.

      • pwnez

        It goes without saying since I said “the Rock winning the WWE title.”

        • http://www.facebook.com/craig.deboard Craig DeBoard

          Would have been neat to see Punk steal the title back that way at EC The Rock could walk out with a NEW WWE title.

    • tiran66

      Don’t forget all the people that wanted to see Punk’s reaction to losing the title. I’m not the biggest Punk fan but I’ve got to admit he had two incredible promo’s. I thought the whole bit with Punk granting the Rock a rematch was very creative and well done, lots of emotion. And of course Heyman was gold as always.

      • pwnez

        Fans can make the argument that he isn’t the biggest draw which (to an extent) is true but no one can deny he has a very big fanbase and his merchandise sells just as well as anyone elses. His angry promo came off very well along with Heyman rambling and freaking on to Vince; he is one of the best talkers in wrestling history. This is coming from a Punk fan but i’m glad Punk lost the title. I’m not thrilled he dropped it to the Rock but lets be honest, he had the title for 400+ days and he pretty much feuded with every big name in the company at that point. I’d like to see Punk work until WrestleMania is over and then take a break for awhile.

        • http://www.facebook.com/craig.deboard Craig DeBoard

          I just think they should have waited until Elimination Chamber that way Punk could have gotten at least one win over The Rock so he still looked strong. Instead he’s going to get buried for the next few months since we know he won’t win at EC and since we know he’ll lose to Taker at Mania. I have no problem with him losing the title, just the timing is all.

          • tiran66

            The thing is when you have a champion for that long, especially in this era, when he drops the title you have to make it a big deal or else the title loses all the prestige you just garned by having a long term champ. Punk getting a win over the Rock isn’t as important as doing the title switch at a high profile event to a high profile wrestler. Punk losing to Rock and possibly Undertaker does not bury him btw. They are established main eventers, Losing constantly to Ryback would be considered getting buried since he’s technically still being built up.

    • http://twitter.com/AJCampbellNYG Andrew Campbell

      I doubt Jericho had much to do with the rating. As much as I like him, he’s never really been a ratings draw.

      The large boost in viewership is more than likely entirely because of curiousity generated over The Rock’s title win. I’m sure alot of casual fans and former fans tuned in for the aftermath aswell.

      • http://www.facebook.com/craig.deboard Craig DeBoard

        Yeah, this is coming from the guy that called Bo Dallas, Maven. Please explain why you continue to post?

        • http://twitter.com/AJCampbellNYG Andrew Campbell

          And explain to me why you bother to comment on everything I post?

          Do you even know who Maven is? By the sound of things you havent been watching WWE for very long. If you’ve been a long time WWE viewer, you would know that Bo Dallas is being booked the exact same way Maven was booked early in his career. Everyone else got the comparison, you clearly didn’t.

    • http://www.facebook.com/craig.deboard Craig DeBoard

      Agreed. If they can’t get that show right they shouldn’t be in business.

  • A Paul Heyman Guy

    This is good and bad WWE are drawing a bigger and greater audience when WWE hall of fame superstar show up and when future hall of fame superstar show but they need to be able to get ratings like this by also using their new young talent not having to go back to the old days.

    • Ghana

      Very true. minus Rock + Brock, keep Cm Punk, what do you get? 2.2

  • TheTruthWillHurtV2

    its great that raw broke 5 million viewers but come on 20112?? LOl

    • http://www.facebook.com/tennindo.tennison Tennindo Tennison

      I have come from the year 2013 and the rock just won the WWE Title after 10 long years. Ratings have been low in this era too.

    • blueaking

      Lol, I had to scroll back up. I didn’t see that at first lol

  • Ghana

    I doubt that many people tuned in 1 & 2 hours without knowing Brock was there. Hate on Rock all you want people but ratings went up when he got the championship, not down like cm punk fanboys said it would.

  • Ares

    Rock winning the Championship and the fallout from the Royal Rumble. Chris Jericho’s return played a part as ll. Obvious lol.

  • James

    How did Lesnar’s return have anything to do with the viewership of this RAW? He didn’t return till the very end of RAW. It was Rock being WWE champion and Jericho’s return.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=732542390 Donte Shoshona Gopual

      I dont know why people said that, because the casual fans that wwe gets from the rock and jericho had no idea he would return

      • Progress_Now

        probably due to sites like this that report on Lesnar’s updated contract. they half expected him to be a surprise entrant in the Rumble, so since that didn’t happen, they hear about Heyman’s evaluation and they put 2 and 2 together.

        WWE isn’t exactly stealthy with their motivations for storylines. we only needed to find out who the Rumble winner was to know what we’ll unfortunately get at Wrestlemania.

    • http://www.facebook.com/craig.deboard Craig DeBoard

      Because there were spoilers all over the damn place.

  • http://twitter.com/dansingsbuzz Daniel


  • CultpersonnaCM

    This is very, very disappointing. Apparently the Naysayers from Sunday didn’t have the Will Power to look away.

    You guys suck.

    Keep watching the same old “RAW” material week in, week out.
    I’m going to try something fresh and outta the ordinary, at least for me…TNA Impact.

    • MayhemRUs

      You can’t change how the world rotates. It only turns in one direction.
      Do you understand what I’m trying to say here?

  • Progress_Now

    they should’ve taken the belt off Punk sooner then

  • blueaking

    Well The Rock winning the belt was not the reason I tuned it. I didn’t know Lesnar was coming back either. I tuned it because usually after The Royal Rumble is when people return and everyone starts picking out who they want to fight at Wrestlemania. I have to say, best RAW in a long time!

  • dae

    Okay, just the first Raw since Punk was dethroned…
    But, the numbers don’t lie!

  • Sirius7

    Temporary High for long term crappy stories. How many heels will the Rock fight before WWE fans get bored?

  • WCWPunk

    Considering The ROCK is the only superstar from the attitude era to Win the WWE Championship is BIG. Also remember, it was THREE years ago TNA challenged WWE in a “monday night war” where Hulk Hogan said “Yeah brother, me and Eric Bischoff are taking TNA to the next level brother” Yeah that was THREE YEARS AGO :)

  • arcade_arson

    shame raw drew strong numbers this week, this weeks raw was sooo terrible

  • 5er

    Raw ratings summed up in three words – Tensai in lingerie.

  • Thomas-24/7 (Mutascale)

    Even though Raw was not good, it’s was a strong rating with the fact The Rock was WWE Champion and Chris Jerichio returning. Interesting on what happens next week.

  • N1nj4

    I thought so many people were “done watching wwe?” Lol

    • Kris Mystery

      A 3.7 is better than it has been for awhile… but it’s not great!

  • TrueFan

    See, the sad sad thing here is.. fans are so stuck on ratings NEVER giving the thought of what other shows/programs/sports games are on that they are competing with. The post-RoyalRumble Raw was not much different than many others that have been aired as of late, or in 2012. But of course once “fans” see numbers, they think WWE did something spectacular. Now personally, I am not one to put down a show.. every RAW to me is great because I appreciate the product, and don’t wine and complain about a story line that doesn’t make sense in the beginning or the middle, but look forward to the whole thing.

    Just goes to show you ratings are just numbers, and fans can’t really enjoy the show for what it is unless there’s media stats next to it -_-

  • http://twitter.com/AJCampbellNYG Andrew Campbell

    The Rock = Ratings.

  • morrisonfanone

    Maybe because Chris Jericho was on there. I loved it when Bo Dallas beat Barrett. So much for his barrage.

  • http://www.facebook.com/craig.deboard Craig DeBoard

    It’s a new era. The People’s Era. Let’s hope it’s better than the PG and Ruthless Aggression Eras.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002196281205 Kenneth Anderson Jr.

    Them getting ratings like this doesn’t help if you don’t entertain the extra fans. last nights show was stupid. Rock vs Punk and Brock Returning were the only two good segments. I doubt the ratings will be this high next Raw. The point of bring Rock and brock in is to get ratings, and the point of geting ratings is to impress them enough to stay, otherwise what’s the point.

  • SonofSheik81

    I agree with most of you. The Rock brings the ratings. He’s still the best thing going in wrestling, even doing it on a limited basis. The man is a gifted entertainer. You never know what he’s gonna say. That said, I think this is the best thing that could have happened to Punk. His long title reign ends. It’s still impressive, regardless of Rock taking the strap. Now we get to see him go after the Rock. And with the cat out of the bag with the Shield and Brad Maddox and with Lesnar coming back, we could have the best heel stable to grace the WWE since Evolution. Punk being the leader, going after the belt and resorting to ruthless heel tactics to get it back. I agree with most that Punk is a scrawny grease ball, but a tremendously devious gifted grease ball. I can BELIEVE Punk by BELIEVING he is a mastermind pulling the strings. BELIEVE in the Shield! The only thing that can screw it up is Cena. Of course, unless they turn Cena heel and he joins this new faction! Or Cena can be face, join forces with the Rock against the strong heel stable, giving the stable someone to feud with once Rock leaves. First time in a while I’m kind of excited about where things are going.



  • Wrestlingfan101

    u know raw used to get 500 millions viewers even when it was pg in 1997, now its 4 million or 5 million? damn