WWE Raw sees big growth in second hour, ranks first on Monday night

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While it was a comedown from last week’s massive audience, WWE Raw retained its top spot on cable Monday and held its audience throughout the program.

The April 10th edition of Raw from Seattle averaged 1,818,000 viewers and approximately 774,000 (0.59) in the 18-49 demographic, per Wrestlenomics and Showbuzz Daily.

Aside from last week’s post-WrestleMania episode, it was Raw’s largest 18-49 viewership since January 30 but was also Raw’s lowest overall viewership since March 20.

The show ranked first among cable originals and had a larger 18-49 rating than anything on television on Monday. It was a decline of 20 percent in viewership and 22 percent in the 18-49 demo from last week’s Raw After Mania.

WWE Raw did get off to a lower-than-usual start with 1,755,000 viewers and 0.56 in the 18-49 demographic, making it the lowest opening hour of Raw since January 16.

The key to the low performance in the opening hour was adults 50+ at a 0.80 rating, the lowest for the opening hour of Raw in that demo since December 12, 2022 (excluding a ‘Best of’ show on December 26). This was likely due to Tucker Carlson doing so well in that same demo, ranking second behind WWE Raw and doing a 2.35 rating from 8-9 p.m. ET among the older demographic.

However, the show saw a major increase in the second hour with 1,964,000 viewers and 0.64 in the demo, which represent increases of 12 and 14 percent from the opening hour. From 9-10 p.m. ET, the 50+ demo on Fox News dropped by 23 percent while the same demo grew nine percent for Raw.

In hour three, the show dropped to 1,734,000 viewers and 0.58 in the demo. The show was headlined by Kevin Owens taking on Solo Sikoa with Matt Riddle and Sami Zayn showing up at the end of the program to save Owens.

Throughout the three hours, the overall viewership for Raw only dropped by one percent while the 18-49 audience grew four percent, and adults 18-34 fell seven percent over the course of the show.

In Canada, the show dropped to approximately 254,000 viewers and 133,000 in the 25-54 demographic, making it the least-watched episode of Raw in Canada since January 16 and way down from last week’s gigantic figures of 426,600 and 198,100 respectively.

Due to the unique circumstances of last week’s show following WrestleMania and having a commercial-free first hour, we have a comparison of this week’s numbers to the previous two weeks. (Courtesy: Showbuzz Daily)

ADULTS 18-49

This week: 0.59
Last week: 0.76 (-22 percent)
Two weeks ago: 0.56 (+6 percent)
Hour 1-3: +4 percent

This week: 0.40
Last week:  0.51 (-21 percent)
Two weeks ago: 0.36 (+11.5 percent)
Hour 1-3: +5 percent

MALES 18-49
This week: 0.80
Last week: 1.02 (-22 percent)
Two weeks ago: 0.76 (+6 percent)
Hour 1-3: +3 percent

ADULTS 18-34
This week: 0.44
Last week: 0.58 (-24 percent)
Two weeks ago: 0.41 (+7 percent)
Hour 1-3: -7 percent

ADULTS 25-54
This week: 0.78
Last week: 0.96 (-19 percent)
Two weeks ago: 0.71 (+10 percent)
Hour 1-3: +1 percent

This week: 0.81
Last week: 0.99 (-18 percent)
Two weeks ago: 0.84 -4 percent
Hour 1-3: -5 percent

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