WWE Raw Rating Plummets Going Into SummerSlam

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The go-home to SummerSlam episode of WWE Raw did a 2.84 cable rating with an average viewing audience of 4,130,000 viewers on the USA Network. For comparibility purposes, the show did a 2.93 cable rating with an average viewing audience of 4,300,000 in its standard 9-11 PM timeslot.

  • AnacondaVise

    Going to 3 hours was such a huge mistake.

    • TheAwesome1

      I agree. It's not that the show is bad, but 3 hours of a program becomes unbearable. I enjoyed RAW last night, however, I was gasping for air when it was over.

    • Todd

      I have to disagree, but then again I watch raw on DvR and come back to it. So I am kind of digging this new 3 hour show

    • PFElton

      Don't say that too loud. The McMahononites in here will have you know that their god-chairman is incapable of mistakes. When things don't go right for World's Worst Entertainment, it's definitely someone else's fault.

      • Wwe4L76

        Worlds worst entertainment 😛 so true!

  • Aldin94

    That’s an “Ouch” for WWE.

  • Kleck

    These ratings really boggle my mind. Some reports have a 3.0+ with anywhere 4.0-4.5 mil. This reports has 2.84 with an average of 4.1 mil. I have been simply looking at the millions of viewers of late. I don’t understand the rating system in total.

    • James M>>>

      As i understand it, it depends on time slot and how many viewers are actually watching tv at the time. A point doesnt always equate 1 for 1 or 4 for for, and so on. So one night, a 5.0 might equal 5.5 mil voters, but another night it less people are watching in total, a 5.0 might equal 5.7 mil viewers. I don’t know, does anyone know if that’s right?

    • Ronni

      Im sure the info here is legit.

  • Dave Barton

    Is a difference of 0.09 really a plummet? I've never really understood the scale for ratings…

  • Big D

    So, Pauly D ruins yet another network.

  • David

    The reason it went down is simple. The NFL is back, preseaon or not, the USA is going to watch football.

  • James M>>>

    I’d imagine it’s troubling for wwe to see that it’s hard to keep people super excited and tuned in for 7-9 hours a week, when they’re trying to get people to stay interested 168 hours a week.

  • James M>>>

    I’d imagine its troubling for wwe to see that it’s hard to keep people super excited and tuned in for 7-9 hours a week, when they’re trying to get people to stay interested 168 hours a week.

  • Yanman

    Raw should be 2 hours, Smackdown to another network or scaled back to 1 hour. Bring back Sunday Night Heat for 1 hour on USA. Possibly a Saturday morning recap show with like 3 matches for the kids.

  • craig

    nfl plus horrible show to try and sit through (being 3 hours) leads to this. Wait until the nfl doubleheader in a few weeks that starts on mnf at 7pm

  • Eric44

    I really wish the attitude era came back. The PG era ratings are so suckish. I only watch interesting parts and it’s so amazing how wrestling has changed over the years.

    • Wwe4L76

      Agree. Right now wwe suck balls

  • The arbiter

    I never ever watch Raw as soon as it screens anymore. Normally I wait until its half way through so I can fast forward the recaps/touts/adverts and filler. With all the junk in the show I can normally catch up to the "live" time around the main event.

  • Slade6alpha

    Wow, WWE thinks this is bad, just wait until football season begins. 3 Hours was a mistake. The problem with WWE is that they NEVER and I mean Never think long term success. For them it's all about instant gratification. Yes, the 1000 RAW did a great rating, but that will be the highlight for years to come. It was special, the one after that was a miss. 3 hours is just too much. Yes, there will come a time when sometimes they put on a good show, but most of the times people will flip the channel. WWE should cut their loses and go back to 2 hours before the end of the year. It's the smart decision, unless they signed some agreement with USA Network. Sorry for this rant.

  • Guy Landau

    Hey Richard, how long before you can get your hands on the hourly rating? Personally, I think that's the most revealing of how the show actually did.

  • Demolition

    Anyone want to first dibs at the Landau profile pic?

  • Mike Gilreath

    It is still a 2 hour show being stretched to 3 hours. I think in new format they actually have less wrestling. They recap the last few weeks, then recap earlier events. The writing and use of talent is horrible currently!

  • Evon Reese

    If there were Stone Colds, Undertakers, HBK and Rocks it would help their ratings instead of a bunch that is almost there and can't get all the way there because they don't know how and think it should be left up to writers and the company to make them. Then their ratings would improve. They lack the ability to evolve their characters once they get to a certain point and become stale.

  • Jeremiah

    Sure didn't take long for this to happen!

  • Kevin

    Wow! I was thinking they hovered around 3.0 during the 2-hour era. 2.84 is a bad number for Raw. Do you think now that they've done their 3rd permanent 3-hour show (2nd one since the 1000th episode special), the new is already wearing off, and people just aren't willing to spend 3 hours of their life watching wrestling, even though it is the WWE?