WWE Raw Viewership Takes Hit Following Day 1 Special

This past Monday’s WWE Raw was headlined by the long-awaited Street Fight rematch between Cody Rhodes and Shinsuke Nakamura. Also featured on the show were a fiery confrontation between Drew McIntyre and CM Punk in the opening segment, Jinder Mahal confronting World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins, as well as The Miz taking on The Judgement Day’s JD McDonagh.

Wrestlenomics reports that the January 8th, 2024 edition of WWE Raw drew an average of 1,484,000 viewers and achieved a 0.44 rating in the 18-49 key demographic. This is a 16% decrease in average viewership from last week’s Day 1 special, although that show saw a big viewership spike due to The Rock’s return so it’s not surprising to see this week’s episode fall somewhat by comparison.

The 18-49 key demo figure is more notable in being a 27% decrease from Day 1. However, It’s key to note that this week’s Raw also went head-to-head with the college football national championship game between the Michigan Wolves and the Washington Huskies while Day 1 had no head-to-head sports competition at all, which will have played a factor in the drop.

The show opened with an average of 1,756,000 viewers with 690,000 of those being in the key demo. This was the show’s quarter-hour peak in terms of both key demo and average total viewership which included the entirety of the promo battle between McIntyre and Punk. Raw closed with 1,348,000 average viewers, with 559,000 of them within the key demo, with the conclusion of Rhodes versus Nakamura.

While viewership quickly fell to around 1.4 million average viewer mark moving into the second quarter-hour, the show saw a significant viewership jump of almost 100,000 in its sixth quarter-hour which featured the latter half of Katana Chance & Kayden Karter’s women’s tag team title defense against Chelsea Green & Piper Niven as well as an R-Truth video and a backstage segment with The Judgement Day.