Last week’s Raw viewership numbers were scary for WWE and the news is not good this week. This week’s episode was watched by 2.193 million viewers. That is lower than last week’s record-low viewership and lower than anything WCW drew even during the dying days of the company. The big difference for WWE is that they have been able to secure big TV deals so don’t expect them to suffer the same fate as WCW but the viewership decline is something that WWE management has to worry about. The NFL game on ESPN was watched by 11.389 million viewers.
WWE will need to work on getting these numbers back up before their FOX TV deal kicks in next fall.
Here is the hourly breakdown for this week’s show:
Hour 1 – 2,347,000
Hour 2 – 2,186,000
Hour 3 – 2,048,000
This week’s show was headlined by Baron Corbin vs. Seth Rollins in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match. The show opened with a strange segment that acknowledged the ratings decline. Rollins was scripted to put the blame on GM Corbin but the reality is that Vince McMahon has been to blame for the poor quality shows in recent weeks.
It will be interesting to see how WWE reacts to the latest ratings news.