WWE Raw Viewership Declines in Post-Backlash Episode

WWE Raw’s ratings declined this Monday, drawing an average of 1.62 million viewers with a 0.53 rating in the key 18-49 demographic. This drop comes unexpectedly as Raw usually experiences a viewership boost following a pay-per-view event. The episode faced stiff competition from both NBA and NHL playoffs, with significant viewership for concurrent games: the New York Knicks vs. Indiana Pacers and a Denver vs. Minnesota matchup overshadowed Raw, drawing millions more viewers.

Despite the overall sports competition, Raw maintained a competitive stance, almost matching the viewership and demo rating of the NHL game between Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers, which attracted 1.85 million viewers. However, Raw’s performance marked a 4% decrease in viewership and a 3% drop in the 18-49 demographic compared to last week’s draft episode. Throughout the evening, viewer numbers decreased, particularly during the main event featuring Gunther vs. Sheamus.

Comparatively, from the same period last year, Raw’s viewership has decreased by 9%, though there has been a 4% increase in the 18-49 demographic, indicating a shift in viewer demographics with a growing younger audience and a declining older viewer base. This trend has been consistent since August.

Hourly viewership for Raw was as follows:

  • 8 p.m: 1.71 million
  • 9 p.m: 1.69 million
  • 10 p.m: 1.46 million

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