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Monday’s holiday edition of WWE Raw was the lowest-rated of the year, falling below a 2.2. However, TV viewership help up reasonably well on a holiday against strong sports competition.
WWE Raw TV Ratings Tracking
May 30: Raw scored a 2.19 TV rating, down from a 2.29 rating last week.
It was the lowest rating of the year, but not the “historical low-point” that Monday’s show seemed destined for. Last year, the December 7 edition of Raw scored a 2.15 rating to set the low-mark for this era.
WWE holding off on John Cena’s return until Memorial Day likely kept them out of that territory, based on the demographic ratings…
- Males 18-49 fell about one-tenth of a rating to a tie for year-low
- Males 18-34 was down 12%, falling way off the table to a year-low
- But, adults 18-49 (male and female viewers) was steady, drawing the same a18-49 rating as last week
– Raw held up reasonably well in TV Viewership.
Raw’s three hours averaged 3.229 million viewers, down one percent from last week’s post-PPV audience of 3.268 million viewers.
Also, all three hours drew more than three million viewers, including the third hour, which was likely helped by John Cena’s return and the A.J. Styles confrontation spilling into the third hour.
- First Hour: 3.282 million viewers
- Second Hour: 3.324 million viewers
- Third Hour: 3.081 million viewers (down 7.3%)
It marks 11 straight weeks the third hour has declined from the second hour. However, staying above 3.0 million viewers against Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals and Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals is a positive for WWE.
The Warriors-Thunder NBA Playoffs game on TNT drew 15.9 million viewers, a cable TV record for the NBA.