WWE’s decision to add a Hell in a Cell match between Roman Reigns and Rey Mysterio on last week’s episode of SmackDown appeared to help viewership, but the same trick didn’t work for this week’s (June 21) Raw.
Per Wrestlenomics’ Brandon Thurston, the average hourly viewership for this week’s Raw was 1,719,000 people, with a 0.49 rating in the key 18-to-49 year old demographic.
The viewership numbers are very slightly down from last week (1,742,000), with the demo rating remaining the same.
The main event of the episode was a Hell in a Cell match between Xavier Woods and WWE champion Bobby Lashley. WWE barely gave any advance notice that a Hell in a Cell match was taking place on Raw, so that could be related to why the numbers didn’t go up. There’s also the fact that last week represented Raw’s best results since late May. This week’s very tiny drop still keeps the overall numbers ahead of where they were in late May and early June.