Monday Night Raw Suffers Lowest Viewership Of 2021
This week’s episode of Monday Night Raw set two notable lows for 2021.
According to Wade Keller of PWTorch (h/t Marc Middleton of WrestlingInc.com), this week’s show averaged 1.621 million viewers on USA Network, marking the lowest viewership for any Raw episode of 2021.
Not only that, but Raw garnered just a 0.45 rating in the 18-49 demographic. These are giant drops from last week’s post-WrestleMania Backlash show that garnered 1.823 million viewers (with a 0.48 rating in the 18-49 demographic), per Middleton.
On Monday, Mike Johnson of PWINsider.com reported that the script for this week’s episode underwent plenty of rewrites throughout the day. It’s not uncommon to hear stories about Vince McMahon making last-minute changes to a show before it goes on the air.
Of course, Raw had competition with five NHL and two NBA postseason games this week. For what it’s worth, there are only two scheduled NBA playoff games for next Monday, and only one NHL game — if the series between the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs requires a seventh game.
A Frustrating Trend
Monday Night Raw viewership has decreased considerably over the last four years. The numbers in recent weeks have especially been concerning. Per WrestlingInc.com’s viewership tracker, the Mar. 29 and Apr. 5 editions of Raw (both drew 1.701 million viewers) previously marked the least-watched episodes of 2021. Four of the last nine episodes have garnered less than 1.8 million viewers. For what it’s worth, only two episodes have reached over two million viewers — the Jan. 4 “Legends Night” and Apr. 12 post-WrestleMania shows.
Meanwhile, SmackDown on FOX continues to consistently garner over two million viewers. Clearly, there’s a lot of catching up for Raw to do, but it’s not going to be fixed overnight. With a return to touring and live crowds just around the corner, however, WWE officials should be optimistic about an increase in Raw viewership over the long run.