There was both good and bad news for Raw last night when it comes to the ratings.
The bad news is that the 1.91 million viewer average would be the lowest in modern history for a live episode, falling just under the 1.92 million for the Raw go-home show for WrestleMania.
The good news is that the audience largely stayed for all three hours with just an eight percent first-to-third hour drop. This means some combination of two factors, that the show itself and the Drew McIntyre vs. Andrade main event kept those who at least tuned in at first interested, and/or that the low first hour, under two million viewers, is down to the hardcores that will stay no matter what.
It’s likely more the former, given many shows have done worse than hour three, but the starting point was so low to make it the least-watched Raw except for Christmas week taped shows in 2018 and 2019.
Raw finished in the No. 3, No. 5 and No. 7 spots in 18-49. The 0.56 demo average was second to Love and Hip Hop Atlanta when it comes to entertainment shows. All other shows ahead of WWE were news shows.
For total viewers, the show was down nine percent from last week, but in 18-49, the decline was 20 percent.
It was down 25 percent overall and 38 percent in 18-49 from the same week last year, but that was also a special draft episode, and the circumstances are completely different.
Raw was 33rd for the night on cable, but only one entertainment show was ahead of Raw with the rest being news shows on FOX News, MSNBC, and CNN.
Men in particular held up well for all three hours from 12 to 49. Women, on the other hand, dropped strongly as the show went on.
The three hours were:
8 p.m. 1.99 million viewers
9 p.m. 1.91 million viewers
10 p.m. 1.83 million viewers