5/9 Raw TV Ratings – Raw dips back to historical low territory

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

WWE Raw returned to the historical low-point territory on Monday night, with one more show remaining before the Extreme Rules PPV.

WWE Raw TV Ratings Tracking

May 9: Monday’s Raw scored a 2.26 TV rating, down from a 2.35 rating post-Payback last week.

It was the second-lowest-rated show of the year, topping the April 25 show leading into Payback.

Next week’s TV rating will be interesting since WWE did not advertise anything in advance, and pre-PPV episodes have settled into a pattern of dipping from the show two weeks out.

This week, Raw was particularly hit hard in the key demo of males 18-34, falling 12 percent to a new historical low point even lower than at the end of April.

Adults and males 18-49 also fell one-tenth of a rating nearing historical low territory.

– Raw’s three hours averaged 3.238 million viewers, down six percent (about 200,000 viewers) from last week.

It was the second-fewest viewers of the year. Hourly Break Down:

  • First Hour: 3.345 million viewers (second fewest of 2016)
  • Second Hour: 3.356 million viewers for a slight uptick
  • Third Hour: 3.013 million viewers (down 10 percent from 2H)

Raw faced tough overlapping competition from two NBA games going to overtime. TNT’s second broadcast drew 6.158 million viewers, nearly doubling Raw’s average audience.

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