Monday Night Raw Audience Tanks To New Yearly Low

This week's episode of WWE Monday Night Raw did an average viewing audience of 3,541,000 viewers on the USA Network. Below is how the show broke down by hour:

  • Hour 1 - 3,616,000 viewers
  • Hour 2 - 3,560,000 viewers
  • Hour 3 - 3,447,000 viewers

The show did a 2.65 cable rating.

There's no sugar coating this as it's a horrendous number for WWE and the lowest viewing audience of the year. You can see how the competition stacked up at this link.

WWE Raw Viewership & Ratings Archive

  • craig

    hey wwe, why do you get once of your worst shows of the year when the entire show was based around #1 Cena & #2 Orton?????

  • craig

    the entire show was built around #1 Cena & # 2 Orton and tanked.

    • Bob’s Diner

      They’ll find someone else to blame. It couldn’t be the champ that has had crowds chanting “Boring” during his matches all year, or John Cena because he is the greatest draw in the history of wrestling!

  • Scottyo614

    Is the lack of compelling mid card finally dooming the product? The two posters mention the show being about #1 and #2 but remember a time when #3 #4 and #5 actually mattered?

    Also the days where pushes weren’t started and stopped suddenly. Del Rio just went from challenging a champ to losing to a guy who he’s killed before in 5 minutes? WWE kills their own stars and kills ratings with it. Give us reasons to care…

    • Nostaljack

      Del Rio has committed career suicide by being boring; we can’t blame that on the WWE. The writing team likely isn’t to blame either as they’re being overworked and the scripts are constantly being changed after they’ve written them. “Winging” angles is, I think, the problem. Until they start planning things better, they can expect this. They have the roster to do anything they wish; they just need to use them properly.

    • Bob’s Diner

      Please tell me you aren’t trying to blame the midcard for the low ratings…

  • BrooksOglesby

    More evidence that one person can’t make or break a show anymore. There’s a clear lack of effort from the writing team, and bad writing will push people away from the show a lot more than a bad champion will. There are ways to make a compelling show with Cena, Orton, Bryan, or anyone else on top, and they’re not doing any of them.

  • David Jr.

    What was the Monday Night Football game ratings? It was the 2 Best Teams in the NFC, Saints vs. Seahawks?

    • Justin Lal

      15 million viewers. The previous week’s game between SF/WAS did 13 million

    • skidmarkgn

      That was my first thought too. I watched that game instead of RAW because I knew I could watch the Hulu version (which automatically cuts out the filler garbage) the next day. RAW never stood a chance against MNF. Next weeks game is pretty crappy so the RAW ratings will be back up.

  • Bob’s Diner

    Maybe all the fans that don’t like John Cena and Randy Orton took Richard’s advice and stopped watching

  • JR Texx (Jamie)

    This is because the only people worth watching at the minute in my opinion are The Shield, D. Byran, and CM Punk, and possibly the Wyatts. I don’t want to see a repeat match of Cena and Orton. It’s bland. Although I did like Cena’s rant about Randy Orton.

  • Smarky Smark

    Us fans are sick of Bryan and his YES! chants being shoved down our throats.

  • Justin Lal

    This isn’t totally reflective of Orton and Cena. We have to wait to see the complete breakdown of the numbers. It’s possible be changed the channel for most of hour three but turned back for the final segment.

    • Bob’s Diner

      hahahaha of course it couldn’t be Cena and Orton!

      • Justin Lal

        That’s happened before where the final hour was bad but the final segment was strong and where the final hour was good but the final segment drew poorly.

    • Snap

      If it was Punk or Bryan, of course, there wouldn’t even be a question, would there? The blame would be placed squarely on Punk and Bryan because they are, quite simply, not John Cena.

      Now, I’m not saying Cena or Orton are to blame for the low rating but it certainly does appear that the rabid Cena fans will do whatever they can to deflect any sort of blame for low ratings from Cena, yet heap on all the credit in the event of a high rating.

      In the end, if WWE produces compelling programming, people will watch. What’s really compelling about a contract signing in the final segment, regardless of who is involved?

      RAW would be much better off if it was scaled back to 2 hours.