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Raw viewership bounces back this week, but drops significantly in third hour

Last week’s edition of Monday Night Raw drew a rough 1.97 million viewers, but the flagship show managed to bring their numbers back up this week.

With the return of John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Braun Strowman, and the tribute to “Mean” Gene Okerlund by Hulk Hogan, who hadn’t been seen on Raw in nearly four years, the red brand drew an average of 2.32 million this week. This is down about 19% from the first Raw of 2018.

The first hour drew a 2.60 million, the highest of the night. However, over the next few hours, the show dropped around 20%. Below are the ratings for each hour.

First Hour: 2.60 million

Second Hour: 2.29 million

Third Hour: 2.07 million

While the WWE faced pretty tough competition in the college football National Championship game, some of the segments in the second and third hours of the show failed to keep viewers interested.

We can expect to see Raw’s ratings continue to rise as we move towards WrestleMania.


  • Keith Learmonth

    They allow it for a couple of reasons:
    1: They have a legally binding contract.
    2: Raw is usually the #1 entertainment show on cable in that timeslot. Only things that usually beat it are football games and news-talk shows. The ratings don’t matter much. Cable is a dying platform.

  • Will Henderson

    the 3rd hour is clearly not working for working out for WWE these days, why does USA still allow it, it’s time for Raw to go back to 2 hours.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    They are getting better and they are trying but it not going to happen overnight. But enough with the Seth Rollins vs Dean Amborse it over move on.

  • StocktonJoe

    And this comes as a suprise?????