Last week’s April 18 edition of WWE Raw brought in a 2.32 rating with 3.32 million viewers. That made it the lowest rated episode of the year, but it was a taped show, and most people thought the return to the United States and live television would help the numbers. As it turns out, it did the opposite.
This week’s April 25 episode of Raw drew only 3.128 million viewers for a final rating of 2.20. That makes it not only the new lowest rated episode of the year, but the lowest rated and least-viewed Raw since December 7’s 2.15. The show lost viewers in the third hour and fell below 3 million there for the second week in a row. Here’s the hourly breakdown:
Hour One: 3.263 million (3.49 million last week)
Hour Two: 3.184 million (3.54 million last week)
Hour Three: 2.938 million (2.98 million last week)
Monday’s episode featured WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns vs. Alberto Del Rio in the main event, the in-ring debut of former New Japan Pro Wrestling stars Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows, as well as hype for Sunday’s WWE Payback event. Maybe the fallout from Payback and the announced return of ratings buoy John Cena on Memorial Day will get Raw’s ratings up throughout May.