Raw Viewership Reached A New Low Opposite The NBA Finals


This week’s Monday Night Raw may not have been great television, but it was far from the worst episode of Raw that we’ve seen in 2019. Unfortunately, when it came to viewership, any slight improvement to the product was more than outweighed by the fact that it aired opposite a huge basketball game: NBA Finals Game 5 between the Toronto Raptors and the Golden State Warriors. Understandably, Raw was no match for that, and the numbers suffered accordingly.

As reported on 411Mania, Raw’s June 10 installment reached an average of 2,125,000 viewers, which is a new low for non-holiday episodes of Raw. Only the 2018 Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve episodes (both pre-taped) had fewer viewers than that. The first hour of Raw had 2.380 million viewers with a .75 rating in the key 18-49 demographic. The second hour only got 2.086 million viewers with a .65 rating in that same demo. Viewership dipped below 2 million in the third hour, with only 1.909 million, and a .59 18-49 demo rating.

That aforementioned NBA final, meanwhile, had 18.2 million viewers, with a 5.7 demo rating. Obviously Raw will never compete with that, nor does it need to. Sooner or later, though, it might have to compete with something, so hopefulLY it can get in better shape.