Batista/TV Update, Linda McMahon On CT Board of Education, More

Chris Cash

Batista is still expected to return to WWE television around August, reports PWInsider.com.  It’s likely he could return in time for the Summerslam pay per view in Los Angeles.  Also, for those wondering, the "Head Case" episode featuring Batista is scheduled to air on Starz in May.

It was reported by The Hartford Courant today that Linda McMahon was approved to serve on the Connecticut Board of Education.  She won by a 96-45 vote.

USA released the following press release touting their second high Raw rating:

WWE Monday Night RAW Ratings Soar Over the Top Rope
Last Two Weeks on USA Nets Highest Ratings in Almost Seven Years

NEW YORK, Feb. 25  — The last two weeks on WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW have broken ground to ratings highs not seen in almost seven years for the year-round ratings titan. The 2/16 and 2/23 episodes have delivered an average of 6.015 million total viewers, 3.028 million in P18-49, 2.9 million in P25-54, 4.055 million households and a household coverage rating of 4.1.

"Charismatic characters, high production value, intricate storylines, action-adventure, soap opera, rock concert, comedy, athleticism, and drama are all a recipe for success. When combined with the partnership of USA Network, Monday Night RAW is the undisputed champion of cable television" said Kevin Dunn, Executive Vice President, Television Production.
The two week delivery of 6 million total viewers for RAW was the first time that has happened in almost seven years — since April 2002

RAW delivered over 3 million in P18-49 two weeks in a row, the first time that has happened in 6 /12 years — since August 2002.

This past week the 10pm hour USA was the #1 TV network among M18-34 (1.153 million) almost doubling the nearest competitor ABC. The 10pm RAW segment also drew in more M18-34 viewers for the night than Fox’s 24 (9pm). USA was also #1 in the 10pm hour, above all TV channels, among M25-54 (2.262 million) and M18-49 (2.219 million) and beat CSI Miami among P18-49 (3.258 million). In the 9pm hour USA topped both ABC’s The Bachelor and CBS among M18-34 (880,000) and beat The Bachelor among both M18-49 (1.1814 million) and M25-54 (1.951).

*Note: all weekly daypart and program data is Live+SD.

USA Network is the #1 network in all of basic cable and is seen in 94 million U.S. homes. A division of NBC Universal, USA is the cable television leader in original series and is home to the best in blockbuster theatrical films, acquired television series and entertainment events. The award-winning USA website is located at www.usanetwork.com. Characters Welcome.
USA Network is a program service of NBC Universal Cable a division of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.

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