This week’s viewership for Monday Night Raw dropped by roughly 10% which gave them the third lowest total in the history of the brand. Not good news for Vince McMahon.
The June 29th episode gained an average of just 1.74 million viewers across the three-hour show. This came dangerously close to the all-time low of 1.686 million. Here is how the show broke down by the hour
Hour one: 1.86 million viewers
Hour two: 1.75 million viewers
Hour three: 1.59 million viewers
In the key demographic of 18-49, the show fell to a 0.49 rating which is the second lowest of all time for the red brand. This is a decrease of 8% from last week, but if you compare it to this time last year its down a massive 24%.
The episode included two contract signings for upcoming pay per view Extreme Rules, Drew Mcintyre will defend his title against Dolph Ziggler and Asuka will defend her’s against Sasha Banks. The contract signing then led to a mix tag match as the main event of the show where Banks and Ziggler were winners over the defending champions Mcintrye and Asuka.
In recent weeks we have seen WWE Legends forced on the show to try and stop the decline such as Ric Flair, Big Show, Edge and Christian but it does not seem to be working.
Just a few weeks ago Paul Heyman was released from Raw and replaced by Bruce Pritchard in order to streamline the creativeness within the two main roster shows. Has this decision backfired on Vince McMahon?