Monday’s episode of WWE Raw was built around Ronda Rousey’s first match on television and led to the show dropping by a slight margin from last week’s viewership.
The three-hour episode averaged 2,800,000 viewers on the USA Network, down 3% from last week’s figure of 2.9 million viewers. This week’s show was still Raw’s second-highest figure since April 30th.
The show opened with 2,830,000 viewers and had a small increase up to 2,854,000 in the second hour and dropped 4.4% in the third hour to 2,728,000 viewers.
The final hour led up to Rousey’s match with Alicia Fox, with the match officially beginning at 11:05 pm and the show went off the air at 11:11 pm.
It’s difficult to assess Rousey’s match as we don’t have quarter-hour breakdowns, but the third being lower than last week’s final hour for such a big event has to be disappointing.
UPDATE: POST Wrestling was informed from someone with access to the viewership breakdown that the overrun segment featuring Rousey vs. Fox did a 2.5 rating compared to the overall show that did a 2.2.
Raw was the most-watched show on cable Monday night, beating out the top cable news programs.