It might perhaps not be the greatest era in the history of WWE Monday Night Raw. Just last week we were talking about record-setting low ratings for a show that’s come to revolve around handicap matches, awkward talking segments, and Baron Corbin. Now here we are again, because this week’s Monday Night Raw set a new low when it comes to viewers. Only 2.194 million people watched this week’s Raw, which is down from 2.285 million last week. That also means that this week’s episode had the lowest viewership in Raw history.
WrestlingInc.com, who provided these numbers, also offer plenty of context for what was going on this Monday:
RAW was #9 for the night in viewership on cable, for the third week in a row, behind the NFL’s Monday Night Football, Monday Night Kickoff, SportsCenter at midnight, Rachel Maddow Show, Tucker Carlson Tonight, Last Word, Hannity and The Five. RAW was #5 in the 18-49 demographic this week, behind the NFL, Monday Night Kickoff, SportsCenter and Love & Hip-Hop.
The NFL’s Monday Night Football topped the night in the 18-49 demographic and in viewership this week, for the fourteenth week in a row. The Vikings vs. Seahawks game drew 11.389 million viewers. Monday Night Kickoff came in at #2 in the 18-49 demographic with 4.579 million viewers, SportsCenter came in at #3 with 2.836 million viewers and Love & Hip-Hop ranked #4 with 1.601 million viewers.
Obviously we’re still in the throes of NFL season, which has a major effect on all the other numbers, but considering all the talk you hear these days about pro wrestling going mainstream, it feels like a sad state of affairs when WWE’s supposed flagship wrestling show can’t even get as many viewers as Love & Hip-Hop.