WWE’s episode of Monday Night RAW drew an average of 1.757 million viewers in the 8-11 PM slot on the USA Network, as per the numbers from ShowBuzz Daily.
The episode was taped last week and featured the start of Brand-to-Brand invitational format, which saw King Corbin from SmackDown take on WWE Champion Drew McIntyre in the main event. Other highlights of the show included Edge-Randy Orton confrontation, Women’s Tag Team Championship Match, the return of Kevin Owens, and Seth Rollins finding a new disciple.
These numbers are down 8.4% from last week’s average viewership of 1.919 million viewers. It is the second-lowest rated episode in history, with May 4th episode taking the top spot at 1.686 million viewers.
The first hour of the show saw 1.818 million viewers, a slight fall leading to 1.81 m in the second hour and a major drop after that, as the final hour had just 1.644 million tuning-in for the main event.
The show ranked 23rd in all cable programs on Monday night. The night was dominated by news channels as usual. Hannity stood first with a total of 4.109 million viewers. WWE RAW was #3 in the key 18-49 demo, with a 0.51 rating, slightly behind the latest episode of 90-Day Fiancé, which had a 0.52 rating in the same demo.
Elsewhere, former NXT Women’s Champion Ember Moon‘s career may have come to a premature end. Moon appeared on WWE Backstage this week and talked about her injury. She mentioned that her current injury could be a career-ending one, and she is forced to think about all the moments she could have had in the company.
“I look back at my career in WWE — I’ve been here five years. I look back, and yeah, I should have been the one to defeat Asuka’s streak, or ‘Aw, man, me and Bayley from SummerSlam, I wish I’d done more.’ The more and more I sit back and look at everything I’d re-do, I think about my injury currently. Realizing that I may have a career-ending injury. I’m coming back from the hardest injury and I might not have a chance to redeem myself of all the things I wanted to do and I wanted to do in my future. It’s so hard to look back and regret, when I try to look forward.”
Moon has been out of action since summer last year, and wasn’t a part of the draft during the debut episode of SmackDown. She has been appearing on WWE Backstage during this time, and a return to the ring looks a long time away for the superstar.