There was some good news for WWE this week on Raw as the viewership numbers showed they got the second most viewers they’ve had since mid-April. According to Showbuzz Daily, Raw averaged 3.009 million viewers this week. It’s an impressive number since they went up against the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby that had over 8 million viewers.
The hourly breakdown saw the first hour get 3.049 million viewers, hour two drew the high of the night with 3.074 million viewers and the third hour was last as usual with 2.905 million viewers. That’s a pretty good number for the third hour considering there have been some weeks where they lost 300,000 or more viewers in that third hour, yet this week the drop off was less than a million people.
Raw benefited from following Sunday’s Great Balls of Fire pay-per-view event that was considered a success by most fans. The Great Balls of Fire left viewers with a lot of questions about how Roman Reigns might act on Raw (he was the same Roman as usual), if Bruan Strowman might show up (he did not) and who might step up as the next challenger for Brock Lesnar’s Universal Title.
Last week’s show drew 2.84 million viewers one day before the Fourth of July, so it’s a nice upgrade any way you look at it.
It’s possible that the viewership numbers may rise in the next month with SummerSlam coming up in late August. Fans know it is one of WWE’s biggest shows of the year, so WWE will do their best to load up Raw as much as they can especially before NFL Football returns to Monday nights in September.
Next week’s Raw features Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe with the winner set to face Lesnar for the Universal Title at SummerSlam. Plus, there will be the reveal of whatever Kurt Angle’s personal mystery storyline is, so WWE has done a good job of piquing the interest of their fans already. Promoting a match one week an advance? What a concept.