As reported on earlier, the commercial-free idea for WWE Monday Night Raw two weeks ago was not a Vince McMahon idea and was something USA Network had been wanting to do. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that the network was feeling the pressure from TNT’s big ratings in May from the NBA Playoffs and were afraid they would lose the second quarter ratings (April through June). It turns out USA ended up averaging 3.17 million viewers in prime time to 2.64 million for TNT, so the commercial-free show didn’t end up making much of a difference despite the strong ratings it pulled in.

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