Against the college football playoff championship game, WWE Raw fell to #9 among cable originals on Monday.
The 18-49 audience would be among the lowest on record in the history of the program, although there were three weeks that scored fewer viewers in the demo last month.
The college championship game between Georgia and Alabama was a monster with ESPN averaging 22,257,000 viewers for the game with an astounding 6.19 in the 18-49 demo, obliterating everything on television that night.
The game was up 22 percent in viewers and 22.5 percent in 18-49 from last year’s championship game between Alabama and Ohio State. Last year’s episode of Raw going against the college game averaged 1,819,000 viewers and 0.55 in 18-49.
Raw finished #9 for the night among cable original with viewership only dropping 5 percent from last week and 18-49 declining 14 percent from the week prior.
Raw had a big loss among adults 18-34 with a decline of 24 percent mainly with males dropping from 128,000 to 77,000 this week, according to data from Brandon Thurston.
In the 18-49 demo, they were down 15 percent with males and down 14 percent with females. Males 12-34 dropped from 0.32 to 0.21 this week and declined 25 percent from the first to the third hour.
Raw opened with 1,726,000 viewers and 0.40 in the 18-49 demographic with a drop in the second hour to 1,661,000 and 0.39, and a third-hour decline to 1,512,000 and 0.38. The loss of viewership throughout the show was 12.4 percent while the 18-49 audience only fell by 5 percent.
Monday’s episode featured a main event triple threat where Doudrop defeated Bianca Belair and Liv Morgan to earn the women’s title shot against Becky Lynch at the Royal Rumble later this month.
In Canada, Raw averaged 196,600 viewers and 112,000 in the 25-54 demographic on Sportsnet 360, which were down 16 and 20 percent respectively from last week. Raw was the #3 sports program for the night in Canada behind the Alabama vs. Georgia game and NHL game between Boston and Washington and was #2 in 25-54 behind the college championship game.
Next week, Raw will go against the NFL playoff game between the Arizona Cardinals and L.A. Rams.