WWE Raw hurt by poor showing in hour three

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WWE Raw was significantly hurt by the final hour of the show, which was the lowest in the show’s history.

The December 5th edition of Raw from Washington averaged 1,536,000 viewers and approximately 535,000 (0.40) in the 18-49 demographic, which ranked sixth among cable originals according to Showbuzz Daily and Brandon Thurston from Wrestlenomics.

Overall viewership fell by 8% while the 18-49 demo increased by 2% compared to last week’s figures.

In the key demo, females increased by 14% while males decreased by 4%.

They declined 19% among adults 18-34 but saw a 16% increase among adults 35-49.

The show was hurt by the showing in hour three which only averaged 1,263,000 viewers and 0.35 in the 18-49 demo, which would make it the least-watched hour of Raw of the data we have available.

It was Raw’s lowest overall viewership since October 31st, although it was the show’s best 18-49 audience in two weeks by a small margin.

The Monday Night Football game between Tampa and New Orleans averaged 10.13 million viewers and 2.72 in the 18-49 demo on ESPN while the ManningCast on ESPN 2 averaged 1.14 million and 0.38.

The show opened with 1,748,000 viewers and 0.44 in the key demo with a drop to 1,596,000 and 0.44 in hour two before the big drop. In the 18-49 demo, Raw fell 20.5% in hour three while the audience declined by 28% throughout the three hours.

From hour one to hour three, the largest decline was among females 18-49 and 12-34 (30%) followed by adults 25-54 (29%), and adults 50+ (27%).

The third hour included the second triple threat match of the night as Alexa Bliss defeated Becky Lynch and Nikki Cross in the main event.

In Canada, Raw averaged approximately 180,500 viewers and 79,300 in the 25-54 demographic on Sportsnet 360, which was down from last week’s figures of 209,000 and 92,000. This week’s show ranked tenth for the night among sports programs in the country.

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