Things aren’t looking good for WWE’s flagship show as the year nears its close.
Ratings for Monday Night Raw haven’t been the greatest this year — as they’ve been down on numerous weeks in 2018 — but things have now hit a new low. With just a little over a week to go until WWE TLC, the company is doing a huge build-up to their last pay-per-view of the year, but audiences don’t seem to be in appreciation of the product as late.
With Ronda Rousey in the main event of this week’s Raw, they have received the lowest viewership in the history of the show.
This week’s show started out with some women’s division action, as the Riott Squad came out and put Natalya through a table. From there, Ronda Rousey needed to find a new tag team partner to take on the team of Tamina and Nia Jax later in the night.
Ember Moon ended up being Natalya’s replacement, but the build-up to that main event couldn’t help the ratings.
Wrestling Inc. reported that Monday Night Raw drew in just 2.285 million viewers — notably down from last week’s Raw, which had 2.369 million. Not only is this week’s number the lowest for the year — it is the lowest in the show’s history, a history which stretches back 26 seasons to its very first episode on January 11, 1993.
This week’s episode of Raw ended up gaining viewers from its first hour to the second, but the third hour dropped drastically.
- 1st hour – 2.262 million
- 2nd hour – 2.399 million
- 3rd hour – 2.196 million
Monday Night Raw ended up coming in ninth on cable television as far as viewership went, and it had some strong competition. Monday Night Football was on, as well as the usual political shows — the latter typically scoring heavy ratings. The NFL, once again, came in first place. It was the thirteenth week in a row in which the NFL has achieved as much.
There was also special coverage of the memorial in Washington, D.C. for former president George H.W. Bush. The elder Bush passed away last week, and was buried on Wednesday morning.
A Christmas light special on ABC — along with episodes of The Voice, Arrow, The Neighborhood, and The Resident— also took large chunks of Monday night TV viewers.
On Tuesday, images started making the social media rounds — revealing that the live crowd in attendance was modest as well. Monday Night Raw had a number of empty seats this week.
Low ratings don’t always necessarily fall on just one person or even one segment, but no matter what, this is not good news for WWE. To have low viewership is one thing, but to have the lowest ever in the history of Monday Night Raw is something else entirely — and may be cause for concern.
With TLC right around the corner, WWE will need to find a way to generate interest once again.
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