As expected, the season premiere of “Monday Night Football” prompted “WWE Raw” to take a huge hit in viewership this week. WWE’s flagship show on USA Network averaged 1.71 million viewers over three hours, down from 2.054 million viewers last week, according to data released by Wrestlenomics.
Despite the major drop in viewership, WWE is reportedly not in any sort of panic mode and the numbers are actually expected to be worse, considering the fact that “Raw” won both the MNF and Emmy Awards. went face to face against.
According to fighter selectionMultiple sources within WWE “expected the WWE Raw number to be less than the 1.7 million they landed this week.”
WWE has seen a steady increase in viewership as Triple H took control of “Raw” for the August 1 episode, with over 2.2 million viewers, with “Raw” as the head of the promotion. The show has the highest number of shows in more than two years. Since that episode after SummerSlam, “Raw” held steady in the 1.9 to 2 million range, until the most recent dip courtesy of this week’s Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks game.
Furthermore, last year’s MNF season opener made an even bigger dent in WWE viewership, with the 9/13/2021 episode of “Raw” averaging 1.67 million viewers. In comparison, “Raw” was up 2.4 percent in overall viewers from the same week in 2021, while the 18-49 major demo also saw a 2.32 percent increase. To be sure, the year-over-year growth in viewership indicates the way forward for Triple H & Co.
It remains to be seen whether ‘Raw’ can make a comeback in the ratings next week. Bobby Lashley vs Seth Rollins for the US Title and Kevin Owens vs Austin Theory for the show have already been announced.