WWE Monday Night RAW returned to live programming starting this week, with the latest episode of the red brand airing from the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. The show featured Drew McIntyre taking on Andrade in a Champion vs Champion main event matchup.
Despite the live airing, the show’s numbers continued to fall with an average of 1.919 million viewers on the USA Network, as per the numbers put forth by ShowBuzz Daily.
The show kicked off with 1.994 million viewers in the first hour, falling to 1.913 in the middle and finally ending with 1.832 million watching in the third hour. The show’s viewership fell by 10% from last week’s RAW after Mania episode, which had recorded a viewership of 2.119 million viewers.
RAW’s numbers for this week are the lowest for a non-holiday episode in the company and is the worst for this calendar year. The Christmas episodes from 2019 and 2018 had averaged 1.835 and 1.775 million viewers respectively.
The first and second-hour viewerships are also the lowest for a non-holiday episode in WWE, while the third-hour rating is the sixth-lowest in history, including the holiday airings.
The ratings have been on a downward spiral ever since WWE started airing episodes from the Performance Center a month ago. The ratings had a little spike last week due to the after-WrestleMania buzz, but have once again started to go down.
The low ratings for the company should come as a concern, as the majority of the audiences are currently restricted to their homes and are yet refusing to tune into wrestling. WWE, along with AEW, are the only sporting promotions to be running their shows at this point, as all the other major promotions have closed down shop indefinitely.
RAW stood at #30 in the rankings for the night, with most of the news channels taking the top spot on the cable once again. In the key 18-49 demographic, WWE stood #5, with a rating of 0.56.