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WWE Raw ratings down, second lowest viewership in show history

Raw dropped from last week's number boosted by the Becky Lynch pregnancy announcement, falling eight percent from last week and averaging 1.76 million viewers.

It was the second lowest viewer number in the modern history of the show, trailing only the episode two weeks ago that did 1.68 million viewers.

Raw was third for the night in 18-49 at 0.51, trailing episodes of 90 Day Fiance on TLC that both did 0.52. It was 23rd overall, beating everything but the two 90 Day Fiance shows when it comes to non-news programming.

Regarding the audience itself, in the first-to-third hour decline of 10 percent, which is normal levels and almost all the drop was in the third hour, the show held up well with men, but not women. Women 18-49 fell 21 percent from hour one to hour three while men 18-49 only fell one percent, so the show did a better job than usual in retaining adult males. Teenage boys actually increased as the show went on and teenage girls stayed even.

The show was down 30 percent from the same week last year, and last year had competition from the NBA playoffs. It was down 42 percent from last year in the 18-49 demo.

Hour two was actually the highest hour of the night for any show on cable in 18-49. The first hour was number two and the third hour was number five, but Raw as a whole fell just below the two TLC shows.

The third hour was the second least watched hour in the history of Raw television, beating only the 1.62 million mark of hour three two weeks ago.

The three hours were:

  • 8 p.m. 1.82 million viewers
  • 9 p.m. 1.81 million viewers
  • 10 p.m. 1.64 million viewers