USA Network has re-upped their current contract with WWE for two more years (through 2010) and the weekly wrestling program WWE Monday Night RAW will remain on USA Network.
The news comes just in time for the 15th anniversary of the program. A special three-hour episode will air on Monday, December 10 starting at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.
For full details, check out the press release below.
WWE® MONDAY NIGHT RAW® RE-UPPED FOR USA
New York, NY December 6, 2007– World Wrestling Entertainment®’s “WWE Monday Night RAW®” will remain on USA Network through 2010, extending the current contract by two years, it was announced today by NBC Universal.
“Monday Night RAW” celebrates its upcoming 15th anniversary with a special three-hour episode on Monday, Dec. 10, starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The prime time cable series flourished for seven years on USA, establishing cable ratings records, before moving to Spike TV in September 2000. It returned to USA in October 2005, and has played a major role in making USA the #1 basic cable network. Since its return RAW has averaged 5.07 million total viewers, 2.6 million in P18-49 and 2.3 million in P25-54. Compared to the Mon 9-11p time period performance on USA in 2005 before RAW started, the program is up +210% in total viewers, +221% in P18-49, and +187% in P25-54.
In addition to RAW on USA, WWE will continue to provide NBC with special programming twice a year for the late night Saturday time slot. In addition, WWE will continue to provide its weekend program “A.M. RAW” for USA and provide a Spanish-language version of Monday Night RAW for Telemundo and mun2.
USA NETWORK is cable television’s leading provider of original series and feature movies, sports and entertainment events, off-net television shows, and blockbuster theatrical films. The #1 network in basic cable, USA Network is seen in nearly 94 million U.S. homes. The USA Network Web site 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.
World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: WWE) is an integrated media and entertainment company headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto and London. Additional information on the company can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com.
Source: USA Network