The June 10th edition of Monday Night Raw was watched by an average of 2.125 million viewers which, as always, has its pros and cons.
The show remained #1 in cable ratings on Monday night with the 8PM hour drawing 2.38 million eyes, and a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49. This just edged out VH1’s Love & Hip Hop, which did a 0.7 rating in the same demographic, albeit it with a little less than 1.5 million viewers.
That discrepancy speaks to two things – first and foremost that WWE’s Monday night viewership is still far away the largest body of television viewers watching cable, and second that a good deal of its fanbase currently sits outside of that targeted demographic.
While the show started okay, relatively to the last three weeks, the 9PM hour of Raw fell to 2.086 million viewers (0.7 adults 18-49), and the 10PM hour dropped even further to 1.9 million (0.6 adults 18-49), which was the lowest third hour of the past six weeks.
The real competition came from outside cable television, with all eyes on the Golden State ratings juggernauts, as the Warriors successfully battled back to stay alive in game 5 of the NBA Finals. The game was watched by a whopping 18.2 million people, drawing an impressive 6.5 rating in adults 18-49.
Luckily for WWE this was the final week that they will have to face competition from the NBA until next season. With the NHL also recently wrapped up, the flagship show should be relatively unopposed until the start of premiere season and the NFL return this fall. That’s definitely good news, as this week’s show was the least-watched episode of the year, including holidays, and the least-watched non-holiday episode in a very long time.