WWE’s post-Crown Jewel episode of WWE Raw drew 2.136 million viewers according to ShowBuzz Daily. The major focus of Monday’s Raw was the build towards Survivor Series and the NXT Invasion Storyline.
Last week’s episode drew 2.133 million viewers. So, Raw actually had a very slight increase.
Smackdown saw a big boom in attendance last week. Smackdown actually outdrew WWE Raw last week. It will be interesting to see how Smackdown does this week.
The Fiend is now the champion on Smackdown and is set to be revealing a new design for the Universal Title. Will The Fiend being Universal Champion be enough to keep viewership higher than Raw?
Moving Brock Lesnar back to Raw was probably thought to help ratings. This Raw was the 6th lowest rated non-holiday episode of Raw. Last week was the 4th lowest.
For this week’s Raw, the first hour drew 2.351 million viewers, the second hour drew 2.207 million viewers, and the final hour drew 1.849 million viewers. Raw lost roughly 500,000 viewers from hour 1 to hour 3.
Of course, that’s nothing compared to the 12.5% decline from last year. WWE isn’t in trouble yet, but with the mothership of Raw continuing it’s downward spiral, WWE needs to figure out how to get some audience back.
They have spent much of the year drawing around 2.7 million viewers. Now, they are drawing around 2.1 to 2.3 million. It appears on average about 400,000 people have just stopped watching since the start of AEW.
Obviously, we cannot assume those fans have just stopped because they now have AEW. WWE didn’t do itself any favors with the Bray Wyatt Hell in a Cell finish.