Following a large bump to its ratings and viewership last week, Monday night’s WWE RAW broadcast saw a significant drop in viewership this week. The show came in at 2.542 million viewers, way down from last week’s 2.994 million viewers.
RAW faced some stiff competition on Monday night, with game five of the NBA Finals drawing a staggering 24.446 million viewers. That game, pitting LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in an elimination game against the Golden State Warriors, was by far the most watched show on television Monday night. When it comes to strictly cable television, RAW finished fourth in cable viewership Monday, trailing Tucker Carlson, Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, and Rachel Maddow.
The hourly breakdown for WWE RAW was as follows:
- First Hour: 2.769 million viewers (3.113 million viewers last week)
- Second Hour: 2.522 million viewers (3.110 million viewers last week)
- Third Hour: 2.335 million viewers (2.758 million viewers last week)
While the NBA Finals game certainly had an impact on WWE’s ratings, it’s interesting to note how the first hour viewership this week was down almost 400,000 viewers versus last week’s show. That hour did not go head to head with the NBA Finals, as the game started at 9:00 p.m. ET. All said, this number has to be a disappointment for WWE, considering how much they hyped Brock Lesnar’s return to the show. However, the Samoa Joe/Lesnar segment has done very well in YouTube views.
In the 18-49 age group demographic, RAW finished second for the night on cable television, trailing Love and Hip Hop Atlanta.