WWE Raw Viewership Drops Off

This week’s WWE Raw did a 3.09 cable rating with an average viewership of 4,260,000 viewers on the USA Network. Below is the hour by hour breakdown:

  • Hour one – 4,252,000 viewers
  • Hour two – 4,415,000 viewers
  • Hour three – 4,114,000 viewers

The audience is going the other way with only two episodes before Wrestlemania 29.

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  • H.M.

    Significantly lower than the last few weeks.

    I’ve honestly lost all interest in the Rock now…can’t even believe I’d ever say this. His promos aren’t doing it for me and I get that he’s got that promotional work with his movie to do but it’s only impeding the actually WWE title reign which I never agreed to in the first place. I hope John Cena actually calls Rock out on this…’I get that you like to bring it every once in a while, but now you’re the champ Dwayne!…’

    idk.

    • opie

      I’ve been a fan of The Rock since I watched him wrestle with USWA as Flex Kavana in the Ripley High School gym one Friday night 17 years ago, so it pains me to see him so lame on the mic. Giving Cena respect like he did last time he was actually on Raw? Since when did the Rock show respect to ANYBODY (other than Hogan in Toronto, but that was different)? He’s still got it. He showed it with Sandow. Maybe he’s just distracted. Bah. I need a drink.

    • Alex

      The current talent is doind an OK job with providing us with some really entertaining wrestling matches. But lets be serious, its WrestleMania season, and we expect to see the Best WWE has to offer. I have got to say, during the 2nd hour, watching the NFL free agency news wasnt a bad idea. lol. They have got to do something like put The Rock in a quick match with a jobber, or Brock Lesnar actualy doing more than F5′ing people. And I totally agree with you with the Rock’s weak promos lately. Are you craving for John Cena to call him a stupid name that will be buzzing on Twiiter like me? #Mr.Steroids? lol

      • opie

        I would LOVE to see Cena break out the edge he had last year. I think the fans are frustrated with Rock not being around. And I agree about the current talent. So many of those guys are putting on great matches every week, but those aren’t the guys on th card at Wrestlemania.

  • opie

    This Wrestlemania build has been awful. Out of seven matches that have been announced thus far, how many have at least one guy who only wrestles part-time or less? Five. The only exceptions are Del Rio vs. Swagger (a storyline I really like in spite of the fact that Swagger is horrible on the mic) and Ryback (who has lost at every PPV since he stopped wrecking the bush league) vs. Henry (who just came back from injury). It somehow feels like everybody is on a losing streak. The storylines are contrived. Rhodes Scholars, Kofi, Barrett, and Cesaro don’t have matches, but apparently they’re building a program between Jericho and Fan-f’ing-dango?! I could seriously rant about this for hours. I want it to be great, but these guys are writing like they’re trying to get fired. And it’s not working.

  • Luke

    2 words… awful booking

  • John Palley

    Gosh, WWE explicitly, deliberately, and with absolute foreknowledge insults, degrades, and maligns easily half their audience, and then viewership drops off.

    WHO COULD POSSIBLY HAVE SEEN THAT COMING.

  • Jeremy

    Raw this week was bad. I had it on DVR so I didn’t have to watch the whole thing, but it just seemed under prepared. The matches were boring AND predictable, and the other segments seemed forced. This bad of Raw 2 weeks before WM is not a good sign.

  • Boogermeister

    First off, 3 hours each week is simply too long per show. Beyond that, it’s a stale re-hash.

    I like The Rock, but he’ll be gone again after he loses the title. Cena is the same Cena he’s been for 10 years and I’ve never been a fan. After several months of the strained phrase “Feed Me More” being imbedded into everyone’s brain, Ryback’s gimmick has gotten VERY OLD, very quickly.

    Perhaps after so many years of pro wrestling on live television each week, it’s become difficult to keep things fresh. Maybe it’s time for them to take a step back as an industry and take a new path.