WWE Raw Ratings Report: Last night’s viewership, key metrics, hourly trends, cable rankings comparisons, more

By Wade Keller, editor


Raw TV event (photo credit Ross McAdam © PWTorch)

Last night’s episode of WWE Monday Night Raw on USA Network drew a 2.02 rating among live and same-night-DVR viewers. That is a dropoff from the post-Summerslam edition last week which drew a 2.13 rating. It is the second-highest rating since Apr. 30, and the first time since Apr. 23 and 30 that Raw has drawn more than 2.00 on two consecutive weeks.

The ten-week rolling average headed into this week was 1.93 and the 2018 average so far is now 2.09.

In hourly viewership, the first hour was most viewed at 3.076 million. It dropped to 2.927 for the second hour and way down to 2.630 in the third hour, a drool of 446,000, the largest dropoff since July 16 and well above the 2018 first-to-third hour dropoff total of 311,000.

One year ago this week, Raw drew a 2.23 rating and two years ago Raw drew a 2.38 rating.

In another ratings note, for the week of August 13, Raw’s first and second hours topped cable ratings for the week in the key adult 18-49 demographic according to TVByTheNumbers, with hour three finishing in the fourth spot with around 1.2 million viewers in that demo. VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop Hollywood” wedged in between at no. 3 and NFL Preseason football on ESPN finished in the no. 5 spot. Smackdown finished at no. 9 with 896,000 viewers in that demo.

In the rankings for total viewers or all ages, Discovery Channel’s “Alaskan Bush People” finished on top with 3.412 million viewers, followed by four episodes of “Hannity” on Fox News and five episodes of “Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC with viewership in the 2.900 to 3.260 million viewers range. Then Raw came in at no. 11, 12, and 14 with viewership totaling in the 2.760 to 2.867 million range. Smackdown did not finish in the top 25.


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