Third Hour Of WWE Raw Sees Big Viewership Drop Despite Overall Increase


This week’s edition of WWE Raw was bookended by two big title matches, with Roman Reigns defending the Intercontinental Championship against Jason Jordan in the show’s opening bout, and the main event featuring The Bar successfully defending the Raw Tag Team Titles against The Shield.

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According to ShowBuzz Daily, this week’s edition of WWE Raw averaged 2.813 million viewers, which is up from last week’s 2.759 million viewership average.

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Below is the hourly breakdown for this week’s Raw:

-The first hour averaged 3.147 million viewers
-The second hour averaged 2.862 million viewers
-The third hour averaged 2.430 million viewers

This week’s edition of WWE Raw, which also featured Absolution continuing its dominance, and the arrival of “Woken Matt Hardy”, ranked #6 for the night in overall cable TV viewership, behind Monday Night Football on ESPN and various news shows such as Rachel Maddow and Tucker Carlson.

This week’s Raw continued the trend of seeing a sizeable viewership drop from the first and third hours. This is also the second consecutive week that Raw has averaged less than three million viewers for the three-hour program.

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  • Benny Brockington III

    im surprised the 3rd hour didnt do better actually

    • Mike Killam

      It seems like it’s been a reoccurring thing for awhile now. They know the third hour is going to do garbage against NFL and other prime time shows, so they tend to pack the start of the second hour with big segments.

      • Lee Walker

        Or they could just go back to two hour shows

  • Robert Schutte

    Well, they’ve kinda groomed the audience to expect less out of the third hour. Anyone else remember when we fans could anticipate the chance of an overrun? A surprise? Instead, they tried to force Enzo and the 205 gang into the top spot. They stopped running an actually interesting, status quo changing event in the MAIN event spot. Why stick around? Did anyone expect anything earth-shaking from the latest Shield vs Bar main event?

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