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WWE Raw ratings: Viewership drops 14 percent from last week

After three straight WWE TV shows did strong ratings after pulling out of tapings with crowds, the string ended last night.

Raw last night averaged 2.01 million viewers, dropping 14 percent from last week, even with airing classic PPV matches of Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena vs. Seth Rollins from Royal Rumble 2015 and Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka from WrestleMania 34.

While little stock should be put into these numbers under the circumstances, the third hour doing 1.73 million viewers was the least-watched hour of Raw programming of the modern era with the exception of hour three on the December 23 episode. That includes the late 2018 Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve shows. The overall number beat only those two shows historically, as well as the December 23 Christmas week taped show in 2019.

The first-to-third hour drop of 24.6 percent was the second biggest drop in the history of the show, trailing only the November 11, 2019 episode against the NFL.

The first hour of Raw was third in the 18-49 demo for the night, while the second hour was eighth and third hour was tenth. The shows that beat it were news shows and two episodes of Love & Hip Hop, which beat hours two and three.

Raw finished 37th overall on cable, although in total viewers all 36 shows that beat Raw were news shows.

The first-to-third hour drops were 32 percent in women 18-49, 27 percent in men 18-49, ten percent in women 12-34, 28 percent in men 12-34, and 19 percent in over 50.

The audience was down 23 percent from the same week last year.

The three hours were:

  • 8 p.m. 2.29 million viewers
  • 9 p.m. 2.00 million viewers
  • 10 p.m. 1.73 million viewers