Last night's (May 6, 2013) episode of Monday Night Raw was one of the worst shows of the entire year, and maybe one of the worst shows of the past couple years. What's worse, it was up against a NBA playoff game between the defending champion Miami Heat and the big market Chicago Bulls.
That spelled disaster.
Indeed, Raw averaged just 3.92 million viewers for all three hours of the show on USA. The Heat vs. Bulls game, meanwhile, averaged 5.54 million viewers. Hell, even the San Antonio Spurs vs. Golden State Warriors game immediately after it did 5.46 million viewers, which came at the end of Raw.
What's really interesting, though, is the hourly breakdown. No show this entire year has looked like this:
Hour one: 3.97 million
Hour two: 3.87 million
Hour three: 3.91 million
Hour two has always been the highest rated of the show and hour three had been on a streak of 16 consecutive weeks of experiencing a drop from that second hour. If nothing else, the numbers remained steady throughout, but it's pretty clear fans weren't interested in anything WWE was doing and instead chose to focus on other sporting events.
It's a good thing for those that did, too, because they were spared an awful episode of Raw. CM Punk can't return soon enough.