Raw length to be trimmed, Raw ratings on brink of dropping below key level for year, big drop-off on third hour this week

By Wade Keller, PWTorch editor

This week’s episode of Raw drew a 1.70 rating among live and same-night-DVR viewers on USA Network, down from the 1.95 rating the same week last week and two years ago. Perhaps most noteworthy.

The first hour drew 2.641 million viewers, the second hour dropped to 2.501, and the third hour slid sharply to 2.181 million. The drop-off of 460,000 from the first to third hours is above the 311,000 average for the year. The average drop-off last year was 284,000.

The weak third hour ratings could be a factor in the length of Raw being trimmed starting next week, as the show will no longer have an overrun (first reported by Fightful.com last night). Raw will end at 11 p.m. sharp, with “Modern Family” reruns beginning at the same time as most other networks begin their programs during that hour.


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In the key 18-49 demographic, Raw finished with ratings 0.9, 0.9, and 0.8 for each hour, ranking no. 5, 6, and 7 in the Monday night cable rankings. They finished behind ESPN’s NFL coverage (including the game, pre-show, and post-show) and VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop Hollywood.”

The 2018 average rating is 2.01 this year compared to 2.09 through this week last year. Raw is at risk of averaging a rating lower than 2.00 by the end of the year. The current ten-week rolling average is 1.74.

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