This week’s Draft Edition of Monday Night Raw saw the ratings dip down to 2.28 million viewers. The show was only down about 2.4% from last week’s 2.334 million viewers.
What seems to be the most concerning would be the hour to hour drops. Raw started off in hour 1 with 2.52 million numbers. Then things started to go south quickly.
Hour 2, ratings dropped to 2.32 million. By hour 3, only 2 million viewers were tuning in.
What does all this mean? It could mean WWE has truly killed the momentum of The Fiend. Aside from a focus on the draft, the show promoted a new episode of Firefly Fun House and Seth Rollins doing some “Fiend hunting.”
You led me there…down a road I never thought I’d walk.
I don’t want your forgiveness. I want your vengeance. https://t.co/YG21FREMJI
— Seth Rollins (@WWERollins) October 15, 2019
Over 500,000 fans didn’t stick around. In recent weeks, an appearance from the Fiend seemed to keep fans from dropping off.
The other meaning could point to the fact that the draft presentation wasn’t resonating with the fans. Most of the top draft picks were picked within the first hour.
People didn’t stick around to see where Akira Tozawa, Humberto Carillo, and Jinder Mahal were going to get drafted. Recently, Dave Meltzer said he felt like the ratings were showing that WWE has lost touch with its audience.
It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to come to that conclusion, but the numbers seem to be backing this up. On The Wrestling Observer website, Meltzer took another hard look at the numbers today. What did they tell him?
“Men 18-49 fell 24 percent, which is almost unheard of, teenage girls fell 35 percent and teenage boys fell 34 percent. The teenage boy drop is also pretty much unheard of. Over 50 dropped 11 percent, which is a normal figure, so the turnoff of this show was with the 49 and under crowd.”
Raw actively turned away men under 50 and teenage boys. It seems like the baseball playoffs and Green Bay Packers were big draws.
It’s also possible the viewers over 50 were probably just asleep in their lazy boy recliners and didn’t realize they were still watching. Of course, that’s probably good because they didn’t have to witness another terrible booking decision in burning down the Firefly Fun House.