Raw Gets Trounced By NBA Playoffs
As many expected – including WWE – last night’s episode of Raw was soundly thumped in the ratings by the Warriors-Cavaliers NBA playoff game, which drew a phenomenal 24.47 million viewers.
Raw managed an average of 2.52 million, easily the lowest of the year and second in the all time lowest list behind only the 9/26 episode in 2016 which went head-to-head against the Trump-Clinton debate. Because of the competition, few within the company will pay any attention to the low number.
In terms of year on year comparisons, Raw dropped 14.61% from the same time last year, which is nowhere near their worst drop off for the year, which should be seen as a pleasing result.
WWE predicted the number would be low so started out the show with the main event angle, which was a pull-apart between Brock Lesnar and Samoa Joe, then essentially wrote off the rest of the show. Roman Reigns and Finn Balor did not even appear on the broadcast, and the main event was a fairly weak 2/3 falls tag match between Sheamus & Cesaro and the Hardy Boyz.
Raw is expected to bounce back next week with no competition, and WWE should see numbers for the show rise over the next three months prior to football season.