Goldberg’s return last week saw a huge rise in ratings from 2.75 million, all the way up till 3.13 million. In fact, there was not a single hour last week where the viewership dipped below 3 million, for the first time in quite a while. This week saw a drop in viewership after The Beast Incarnate returned for the first time since Summerslam.
The show drew 2.81 million viewers for all three hours. Not a single hour reached the 3 million mark as well.
Hour one: 2.98 million
Hour two: 2.80 million
Hour three: 2.66 million
RAW was #3 on cable for the night in viewership, behind the NFL's Monday Night Football and The O'Reilly Factor. RAW was #4 in the 18-49 demographic, behind the NFL, SportsCenter and Love & Hip-Hop.
The return of Lesnar and the promo by Paul Heyman, ended early because Vince McMahon reportedly “blew a gasket” at the fact that the Minneapolis crowd (Lesnar’s hometown crowd) chanted “Goldberg sucks” and “Suplex City”, despite Paul Heyman cutting a heel promo provoking the crowd to cheer for Goldberg instead.
Paul Heyman, who is known as one of the greatest promo cutters in the history of the business, did not think too highly of his promo either.
Next week is the Halloween edition of Raw, and Goldberg will come back once more.Survivor Series. It will be interesting to see the reflection on the ratings next week when Goldberg makes his second appearance in 12 years.
Here is the segment that seemingly fell flat:
Here is Goldberg’s return segment from last week:
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