WWE Raw viewership for the penultimate edition before the Royal Rumble

By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)

Monday’s WWE Raw television show averaged 1.854 million viewers, according to Showbuzzdaily.com. Viewership was up slightly from the 1.819 million average from last week.

Powell’s POV: Last week’s Raw faced the college football national championship game. The fact that this week’s show was up only slightly is telling. The first hour of Raw averaged 1.991 million viewers. Hour two drew 1.875 million viewers. The final hour of the show averaged 1.672 million viewers. The three hours finished third, fourth, and fifth and averaged a .60 rating in the 18-49 demographic in Monday’s cable ratings. The January 20, 2020 edition of Raw delivered 2.380 million viewers for the first show without football competition since the summer of 2019.


Readers Comments (15)

  1. It was the MLK holiday. wwe faced opposition from 2 big time NBA games featuring lebron james, stephen curry, kevin durant and james harden on tnt network.

    • The two NBA games produced 2.1 and 2.3 million viewers compared to the 18.7 million viewers for the college football game the week before. Oh, and the show sucks.

      • You are so biased. WWE sucks but everything is perfect in AEW land. Why don’t you change your name to Meltzer Jr. you hack?

        • Funny, I have favorable things to say about Smackdown and NXT every week. Raw is a terrible show. That’s my opinion. You’re entitled to your own, but grow up and stop throwing around the bias nonsense just because someone disagrees with you.

          • You have the right to your opinion but i am sure that vince mcmahon could care less about it.

            It is funny how “wrestling journalists” who leach off wwe’s name for a living have the audacity to tell a billionaire how to run HIS COMPANY.

          • It’s even funnier that people who think we leach off the business read our work and take offense. Are football writers leaching off the NFL? Should they not offer their opinions because the owners are billionaires? Go read the WWE website. They’ll tell you how great everything is, which seems to be what you are looking for.

        • The wrestling “journalists” love tony khan and aew because khan is a man child nerd boy who worships at the altar of dave “know it all” meltzer.

          I wonder if senile joe biden is going to give Meltzer a job in his administration since he has so much knowledge regarding the fake world of pro wrestling.

          • Wow, you did it. I really didn’t think anyone could top the Chris’s comments for dumbest of the day, but you pulled it off, Ted. Congratulations. The day is early, though, so don’t get cocky. Keep striving for excellence.

  2. The fact is that pro wrestling is not a REAL sport. You can argue that wwe programming is a world created by vince mcmahon. Mcmahon operates a business and he has the right to run it as he sees fit.

    If you look at all of the losers and idiots on social media who tell HIM how to RUN HIS COMPANY, it is ridiculous.

    Mcmahon is not a politician like donald trump . Mcmahon never has to leave his company unless he passes away or sells it to another billion dollar entity.

    • NBA writers analyze and criticize the billion dollar NBA product. Movie critics analyze and criticize the billion dollar movie industry. Stock analysts analyze and criticize billion dollar corporations. Should those who cover those industries stop because billionaire owners run their companies or teams?

      • JOURNALISTS WHO COVER PRO WRESTLING HAVE THE RIGHT TO THEIR “OPINIONS” BUT SOME INDIVIDUALS LIKE DAVE MELTZER, BRYAN ALVAREZ ETC ACT LIKE THEIR “OPINIONS” ARE GOSPEL AND THAT FANS SHOULD FALL IN LINE WITH THOSE OPINIONS.

        WWE IS VINCE MCMAHON’S WORLD. The NFL , NBA, NHL, and MLB are not under the control of one man and his family.

        • Take it up with Dave and Bryan if you have issues with them or their reporting/commentary. I respect them, but I’m not going to waste time defending them when they can easily do it themselves.

          As for WWE being Vince’s world, then the Dallas Cowboys are team owner Jerry Jones’s world if you want to make that comparison. There are Texas based reporters who cover and criticize the team. They don’t just say, “It’s Jerry’s team, so we shouldn’t say anything.” That’s not how the world works.

  3. You cannot compare jerry jones’ ownership of the cowboys to vince mcmahon and wwe.

    JOnes owns the cowboys, but the league has mechanisms in place to remove him as owner if he violates various nfl guidelines.

    dan snyder could be forced to sell the REDSKINS if the nfl finds him guilty of violating league rules regarding appropriate conduct with regards to his franchise.

    VINCE MCMAHON will NEVER relinquish control of wwe unless he unfortunaley passes away and his family decides to sell the company.

    I don’t use twitter but I find it disgusting to see all of the nasty things which stupid wrestling fans say about vince and his family.

    You and the dave meltzers have the right to your “opinions” but don’t act like your opinions mean anything to the mcmahon family.

    • I really don’t see what difference it makes that Vince owns the company, but whatever. When have I ever acted like Vince cares about my opinion? I cover shows and news, and share my opinion. For whatever it’s worth, there are people in WWE who pay attention. For instance, Paul Levesque does his media calls prior to Takeover events, which I’m invited to take part in. Their PR team sends us press releases and they are not afraid to reach out if they have an issue with something that has been reported. Does that mean Vince is spending his lunch breaks reading the site? No, I highly doubt it. Again, though, I’m not sure what difference it makes. And social media is a cesspool. Every public figure has had awful things written about them. Sadly, it just goes with the territory.

  4. MY point was that vince mcmahon cannot be removed from controlling wwe since he is the largest shareholder and has complete control over wwe.

    Sports team owners can be forced to sell their teams if they violate league rules.

    donald sterling was forced to sell the clippers becuae he made racist comments about black people such as magic johnson.

    jerry richardson was forced to sell the carolina panthers because of his bad behavior towards female employees.

    You have the right to your opinion and to run your website as you see fit.

    The problem is that social media has given toxic fans the avenue to air their “opinion”. fans obsess over ratings and demos like they are the holy grail. These “fans” act like vince mmcahon owes them something just because they give him small amounts of money each month. Vince is a business man who puts out a product for a wide range of consumers. It is impossible to please everyone in the pro wrestling community.

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