As if RAW’s viewership couldn’t get any lower, this week’s episode drew one of its lowest ratings since the 1990s.
According to Showbuzz Daily, the September 19 episode of RAW drew 2.684 million viewers. This is a very slight decrease from last week's already terrible 2.69 million viewers.
For this week's show, the first hour drew 2.734 million viewers, the second hour drew 2.686 million viewers and the final hour drew 2.633 million viewers. It is one of the lowest viewed shows since the holidays in the 1990's. Despite the abysmal numbers, this was not the lowest viewed RAW of the year. That honor goes to the 2.658 million viewers the Fourth of July episode drew.
RAW was #6 on cable for the night in viewership, behind the NFL's Monday Night Football, Major Crimes, Special Report with Brett Baier, The O'Reilly Factor and The Five. They were #4 in the 18-49 demographic, behind the NFL, SportsCenter and Love & Hip-Hop. ESPN, which broadcasted the Philadelphia Eagles vs. Chicago Bears game, drew more than 12 million viewers on Monday night.
This week's show featured Roman Reigns vs. WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens in a steel cage main event. It also introduced the RAW Cruiserweight division, where Brian Kendrick defeated Gran Metalik, Rich Swann and Cedric Alexander in a Fatal 4-Way match to become the #1 contender and will face off against Cruiserweight champion TJ Perkins at Clash of Champions on September 25.
Next week's Raw goes up against Monday Night Football and the first United States Presidential debate of 2016.