WWE RAW felt like a return to form this week for better or worse, depending on how you look at it. Without the pay-per-view consequences and the lack of big surprises, was WWE able to maintain its audience from last week? The answer is no.
According to Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics, this week’s edition of WWE RAW drew 1.814 million viewers, up from 1.923 million last week. Between facing the Olympics and missing Goldberg and John Cena, who was used in a dark match last night, it’s not surprising to see a drop in viewership this week.
WWE RAW saw a decline in both viewership and demo against the Olympics
When it comes to the all-important 18-49 demo, WWE RAW also saw a huge decline from last week from 0.57 to 0.49. With both the demo and the audience this week, WWE might want to get back on the drawing board as they continue to try to build interest in SummerSlam.
In a surprising stat, Thurston noted that last week’s episode of AEW Dynamite outperformed last night’s episode of WWE RAW in the 35-49 demographic with 425,000 compared to RAW’s 419,000.
While it’s only a small margin, it’s certainly telling that WWE faces more competition in the world of professional wrestling than they’ve had in a long time.
WWE RAW opened last night with new RAW Women’s Champion Nikki ASH addressing the WWE Universe before being interrupted by Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley. This led to a triple threat match being announced for SummerSlam.
It also led to the show’s main event, in which Nikki ASH went one-on-one with Charlotte Flair in a non-title fight. If you enjoyed it, you’re in luck, as WWE will also rerun this match next week.
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