WWE Monday Night RAW on May 7, 2018 featuring Finn Balor defeating Roman Reigns and Sami Zayn in a Triple Threat MITB Qualifying Match in the main event drew 2.689 million viewers, down 12.3% from last week’s (April 30, 2018) Backlash go-home episode that garnered 3.066 million viewers. This week’s episode of RAW recorded the lowest viewership in 2018, going back to December 11th, 2017 which drew 2.684 million viewers.
RAW this week drew 2.788 million viewers in the first hour (last week’s 3.136 million), 2.731 million viewers in the second hour (last week’s 3.184 million) and 2.549 million viewers in the third hour (last week’s 3.479 million).
Monday Night RAW was #5 for the night in viewership on cable, lagging behind two airings of the NBA playoffs, Hannity and The Ingraham Angle. RAW also stood at #5 in the 18-49 demographic for the night, behind the NBA Playoffs, Inside The NBA Playoffs and Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta. It is to be noted that NBA topped Monday night with more than 9 million viewers across both airings.
WWE SmackDown Live on May 8, 2018 featuring Rusev defeating Daniel Bryan in a MITB Qualifying Match in the main event drew 2.293 million viewers, down 5.8% from last week’s (May 1, 2018) Backlash go-home episode that garnered 2.436 million viewers. This week’s episode of SmackDown Live recorded the lowest viewership in 2018, surpassing previous week’s viewership which was the lowest until now, going back to June 13th, 2017 which drew 2.072 million viewers.
SmackDown Live was #10 in viewership for the night on cable, lagging behind two airings of the NBA Playoffs, Hannity, Rachel Maddow, Tucker Carlson, The Ingraham Angle, Last Word, Special Report and The Five. SmackDown stood at #4 in the 18-49 demographic for the night, behind the NBA airings and Inside The NBA Playoffs.