In response to historically bad Raw numbers on Dec. 14, 2020, Vince McMahon used the hPhone and brought in the stars of yesteryear for the first episode of 2021.
Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair & the gang weren’t the only thing WWE and USA had going for them on Jan. 4, however. This was also the first Monday without competition from the NFL since September.
It led to an average across the show’s three hours of 2.13 million. That’s a 20% increase from the week before, and the biggest audience since the WrestleMania 36 fallout episode last April.
The holds were strong, too:
Hour one: 2.2 million
Hour two: 2.15 million
Hour three: 2.04 million
It was also a big night ratings-wise. The hourly and mean numbers among 18 -49 year olds were tops among cable originals. The .68 average also gave the red brand a somewhat rare win over its in-house competition for the week (SmackDown routinely outperforms Raw since the move to a broadcast network in FOX).
Keeping the folks who tuned in this week will be the trick. No Legends next Monday, but also no football – and we’re on the road to Royal Rumble. We’ll see what happens.
Numbers via Showbuzz Daily