WWE Raw falls to its second-lowest figure of 2019

Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/11/26/wwe-raw-falls-to-second-lowest-of-2019-low-of-2-11-million-viewers/

The post-Survivor Series edition of WWE Raw saw no increase coming off the pay-per-view as the show did one of its lowest audiences in history.

Monday’s three-hour episode averaged 2,109,000 viewers with the only episodes in recent years to fall below that figure being the taped November 11th show from England two weeks ago (2,057,000), and last year’s Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve shows (1,775,000 and 1,968,000 respectively). In total viewers, Raw was nearly identical with last week’s figure of 2,127,000.

One of the patterns to emerge over the past weeks has been a lower number of viewers tuning in for the first hour that drags down the overall average. This week, the show began with 2,241,000 viewers and nearly identical to last week’s first hour. The second hour only dropped 2%, so while it wasn’t a high number in the first hour, those that tuned in stuck around for the first two hours.

The show fell 13% in the third hour to 1,896,000.

The Monday Night Football game between the Baltimore Ravens and L.A. Rams did 10,925,000 viewers, which was down 13% from last week.

Last year’s episode of Raw following the Survivor Series on Nov. 18, 2018, averaged 2,493,000 viewers. Last year’s show went against a larger Monday Night Football game that did 16,610,000 viewers. From year-to-year, this year’s post-Survivor Series show was down 15%.

In adults 18-49, Raw did a 0.71, which was up 4% and led to the show being fourth among cable programming on Monday night. The key demo saw a tune out of 18% from the first to the third hour.

In the key demos, Raw was up in 18-49, 18-34 by 7%, and males 12-34 by 16% compared to last week. Declines from last were virtually non-existent with 50+ down 3%, and males 18-49 down 1%.

When you breakdown the demos hour by hour, you typically see each hour drop from the last. However, there were two exceptions on Monday. With females 12-34, the show dipped in the second hour from a 0.35 to a 0.30 but rebounded slightly in the last hour to a 0.32. Conversely, with men 12-34, the demo increased from 0.51 to 0.56 in hour two and then fell to 0.45 in the last hour.

From the first to the third hour, the biggest loss was among males 18-49 which dropped 22% followed by people 18-49 falling 18% and people 25-54 down 17%. The demo that held up best from hour one was females 12-34 that saw a 9% drop by the third hour.

Here is the breakdown of the key demographics from Showbuzz Daily and the comparisons to last week and the change from hour one to hour three:

PEOPLE 18-49:

Last week: +4%
Hour 1-3: -18%

FEMALES 18-49:
Last week: +11%
Hour 1-3: -14.5%

MALES 18-49:
Last week: -1%
Hour 1-3: -22%

PEOPLE 18-34:

Last week: +7%
Hour 1-3: -16%

FEMALES 12-34:
Last week: +3%
Hour 1-3: -9%

MALES 12-34:
Last week: +16%
Hour 1-3: -12%

PEOPLE 25-54:
Last week: EVEN
Hour 1-3: -17%

Last week: -3%
Hour 1-3: -14%

I wonder how many of these lowest numbers will USA tolerate

USA network continues it long term decline (which mirrors WWE tv viewership decline). But Raw is their top show by far, so if USA got rid of it then the average rating weekly for USA would be horrible. The question is how long will NBCU give these huge contracts to WWE for ever smaller audiences. Eventually someone at Comcast is going to ask a question of their underling along these lines.

So, when do they go below 2 million? Not including holidays…

You people make me sick

Last week AEW loses the total ratings to NXT and everyone says “look at key demos. ARW actually won or half won etc”.

Now RAW comes out with a drop in total viewers but an increase in the key demo and people act like it’s the end of the world.

Like what the fuck. You all pointed out this for AEW this last week and now ignore it for RAW this week.


I don’t think any of the 3 people responding here were in the NXT/AEW discussion


U people make me sick…

No words

It’s just the level of pro AEW nonsense on here is ridiculous.

AEW loses total viewers and everyone jumps on to point out key demo was higher than NXT

RAW loses total viewers and actually gains key demo and suddenly no one mentions key demo and it’s all about how much USA will tolerate.

You don’t see this level of crazy partisan nonsense ?

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Yes it’s horrible

You should probably take your talents elsewhere. Maybe another forum will be less biased.

Plz consider


It’s a real shame, because it was one of the better shows of the year. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t amazing but I thought they did a lot of good stuff on the show. I hope this rating doesn’t deter them from doing what they are doing.

I’ve just come to understand by reading some WWE you tube comments that I have no idea what their fans want. In a thread about brand supremacy it was all RAW and Smackdown being the best and NXT sucks because it is full of nobodies. So apparently people just want to see their stars and don’t care about the stories being told…if Rollins vs KO doesn’t keep people tuned in for hour 3 I think the only thing that could make things better is dropping an hour. Which won’t happen.

Pointing out hypocrisy seems to be upsetting you. Try some objectivity, might stop from getting so emotional and telling people to leave the forum.

As for the ratings, can someone actually explain how they work out the ages of who’s actually watching? Did some research and it all seems like shit. Understandably, they obviously can’t figure out who or how many are sat in front of a TV so what is it based on?

How ratings work

Really complicated the ratings is essentially an estimation based on a statistical sample of the population.

The study sample is just over 0.03% of all US households with TVs?

This is what it’s all based on? All seems a bit pointless and unreliable in my opinion.

And you just hit the nail on the head of the paradox that are the ratings.

They are probably not representative of actual viewing habits.

But they are the only measure the TV industry has.

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It is research based and the networks believe in it is all that really matters. I assume that there are regulations in place from the cable companies from tracking what people actually watch. With all the technology these days that should easily be possible. I mean Netflix knows what I watch, Amazon etc. no way cable companies couldn’t track it if they were allowed and saw a value in it.

Lol. You are so weird. Accusing someone of being emotional is streets behind.

I couldn’t care less about the ratings. It was also a helpful suggestion. Get your facts straight.

Seth Rollins is not cool

Pierce, stop trying to coin the phrase “streets ahead”

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