The May 24 episode of WWE Monday Night Raw went head-to-head with first round playoff action in two different sports. They also didn’t announce much in advance, and what was promoted - a Women’s Tag title rematch and a singles match between guys in a tag team feud - wasn’t terribly high profile.
So it’s not surprising Raw’s numbers were down. The more than 10% drop in viewership from May 17’s 1.83 million might raise an eyebrow, though.
Raw averaged 1.62 million across its runtime this past Monday. Here’s the hourly breakdown from PW Torch:
Hour 1: 1.66 million
Hour 2: 1.66 million
Hour 3: 1.55 million
Ratings were also down. The show averaged a .45 in the 18 - 49 year old demographic. A week ago, that number was .48.
Without a full ratings report (we miss you Showbuzz Daily!) it’s hard to know how much impact the competing hockey and basketball games had, or where WWE & USA fell in the rankings for cable originals on the night.
We do know wrestling’s numbers have been down across the board the last few weeks. Combining a return to working in front of full crowds with fewer NBA and NHL games on the schedule should perk things up in the next couple months.
We shall see.