2005 News Releases
WWE's Monday Night RAW Scores Huge Ratings Jump
STAMFORD, Conn., June 29, 2005 - This past Monday saw WWE’s Monday Night RAW on Spike TV achieve a coverage area rating of 4.4, delivering a viewership of more than 5.9 million viewers. RAW has seen its ratings for 2004-05 season steadily rise, and the show has posted an overall ratings gain of about 3 percent compared to last year on one of the most competitive nights on television.
Monday night’s rating was the highest since RAW earned a 4.5 rating on March 22, 2004. The overall household delivery was the largest since more than 4 million homes tuned in to RAW on April 22, 2002. The Persons 2+ delivery of more than 5.9 million was the largest since September 10, 2001. Week-to-week, RAW was up 38% among Males 12-17, 31% among Persons 12-17, 21% among Males 18-34 and 25% among Persons 18-34.
“RAW is building ratings momentum,” said Kurt Schneider, Executive Vice President, Marketing. “Our fans are now connecting in a big way with some of our newer Superstars, and we continue to feature classic storylines, unpredictable plot twists, such as through our WWE Draft Lottery, the surprise returns of Legends such as Hulk Hogan™, and interesting reality contests, such as our RAW Diva Search. It all adds up to one of the most entertaining first-run programs on television this summer, and people are catching on.”
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