The ratings are in for this past Monday night's (May 26, 2014) holiday edition of Raw from Knoxville, Tennessee, and while it was expected the show wouldn't do strong numbers considering it was held on Memorial Day with strong competition from the Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers NBA Playoff game, these are some jarring numbers.
The show averaged just 3.60 million viewers for all three hours, the lowest viewership total of the entire year. This just one week after a tape-delayed show in London did 3.76 million viewers, which was a year low before this latest number.
The hourly breakdown is even worse:
Hour one: 3.54 million
Hour two: 3.86 million
Hour three: 3.41 million
The sky isn't falling, of course, but this was the go home show to the company's next pay-per-view (PPV), Payback, and there's been very little good news of late. The WWE Network is struggling to reach 1 million subscribers, the latest TV rights deal was far less than expected, the stock dropped like a house of bricks, and the company is looking at losing around $50 million this year.
Steady declining ratings outside of football season is the last thing anyone needs right now.
Expect the rumors of a Vince McMahon return to start popping up anytime.
For complete results and the live blog from Raw click here. For a full recap with reactions click here. And for a complete playlist from the show click here.