In a real shocker, Raw last night did 2.52 million viewers, only up one percent from last week’s near modern record low on a week when the audience should have bounced back strongly.
Essentially, the audience that shifted away for the NBA playoffs, as has happened every year, didn’t come back this week even without an NBA game. There was a Stanley Cup playoff game on NBC with the Las Vegas Golden Knights vs. Washington Capitals that did 5.06 million viewers in competition.
In reality, while there were two shows, one last week and one in 2016 on non-holiday dates that did lower numbers, this would be the worst showing in modern history because those episodes were expected to do poorly based on overwhelming competition.
Still, Raw was fifth for the night on cable, and the only shows that beat it were news programs.
The first two hours were almost identical to last week, but they didn’t lose quite as many viewers in the third hour, which resulted in the slight increase in viewership.
The actual ratings aren’t out yet, but if the viewers per home increased over last week, then it is entirely possible this will be the lowest rated Monday night wrestling show in the history of the USA Network. The record low is a 1.68 rating on Christmas night of 2017.
The three hours were:
8 p.m. 2.59 million viewers
9 p.m. 2.59 million viewers
10 p.m. 2.39 million viewers