Monday, July 9th’s episode of WWE Raw drew its lowest ever viewership of the modern era. With an average of 2.470 million viewers, it went past the previous lowest viewership of 2.478 million from the September 26th 2016 episode, which aired at the same time as the Trump-Clinton Presidential Debate and Monday Night Football. Dave Meltzer effectively confirmed the news by answering “A historically low number” when asked how many people had tuned in to RAW this week.
However, the show still managed to clock in at the #4 position for viewership on the cable this week, preceded only by news shows – Hannity, Tucker Carlson Tonight, and The Ingraham Angle.
This week’s WWE Raw featured a pull-apart brawl between Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley while the main event was Drew McIntyre vs. Seth Rollins, in the buildup to the Extreme Rules pay-per-view on Sunday night. The monday episode also had the continuation of the Sasha Banks and Bayley feud in therapy, while Kevin Owens was held up in Kurt Angle’s office.
According to wrestling news for this week’s show, the first hour had 2.582 million viewers (down from 2.641 million), the second hour had a viewership of 2.508 million viewers (down from 2.822 million), while the final hour could only muster 2.320 million viewers (down from 2.658 million).
While the producers of WWE can argue that post-Wrestlemania there’s always a drop in the viewership and is likely to get a bump after the pay-per-view event of Extreme Rules. However, such record breaking lows does raise some serious questions. With the NFL season looming for resumption, it will be interesting to see what steps the WWE takes to keep hold of its viewers.
This drop in viewership, comes in just after the WWE signed lucrative new TV deals and were expected to bring in more fans. Where do you see the future of WWE RAW headed?