Raw viewership went up roughly 3% this week compared to last week’s draft episode of Raw. This week also saw Raw hang on to a lot more viewers between hour 1 and hour 3.
This week WWE Raw averaged 2.34 million viewers. Last week, Raw saw a drop from 2.521 million to 1.997 million.
That was a massive drop and was most likely due to backlash from the botched Hell in a Cell finish. However, this week only dropped from 2.477 to 2.175 million.
It’s very possible the debut of The Street Profits actually got more viewers to hang on compared to the Rollins/Wyatt closer last week. Also, WWE had been advertising a 3rd mystery person to support Dawkins and Ford.
The show was down compared to last year’s 2.54 million viewers. This continues the trend of this year’s shows consistently underperforming compared to last year.
One interesting thing to note is the impact the draft had on Raw. Raw lost most of the wrestlers you would say are the most heavily pushed superstars to Smackdown.
Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, The Fiend, and Brock Lesnar are all the guys WWE has had in the major angles. However, a show featuring Aleister Black, Drew McIntyre, Ricochet, AJ Styles, and The Street Profits still drew similar numbers.
At this point, it looks like WWE Raw is going to have a similar audience no matter who is on the show. It will be interesting to see if Paul Heyman can impact the viewership with the number of supposed Paul Heyman guys on his roster.