The NBA Playoffs Continue To Be Bad News For WWE Raw Ratings

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05.24.17 13 Comments

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Hey, remember how WWE Raw pulled in its lowest ratings of the year a couple weeks ago? That was due to a combination of the episode airing on tape delay from London and going up against the NBA Playoffs. Well, Raw went up against the final game of the NBA Western Conference Finals on Monday, so maybe that was the reason not a lot happened on that episode.

Whatever the explanation, Raw got absolutely spanked again in the ratings, as most sports fans and/or viewers opted to watch the Golden State Warriors sweep the San Antonio Spurs out of the Playoffs and advance to the NBA Finals. ShowBuzz Daily reports that the NBA game was the leading cable show of the evening, and more than doubled WWE’s rating in the 18-49 graphic. Meanwhile, Raw once again posted its lowest viewership of the year.

Two weeks ago with the London show, Raw drew in 2.696 million viewers. This week, they pulled 2.615 million viewers. This is the new lowest viewership since Halloween of last year, which had an even 2.6 million viewers.

We’ll see whether Smackdown Live fares any better in the ratings, since that was the actual fallout show from Sunday’s Backlash pay-per-view, and online interest in the Jinder Mahal Era has been high. Of course, that episode was also going up against an NBA game featuring LeBron James, so hold on to your butts.

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