The ratings for this week's Monday Night Raw (Dec. 14) have arrived, and they're historically bad. The show brought in an average viewership of 1.526 million viewers (down more than 200,000 from the week prior) and hit 0.41 in the 18-49 target ratings demographic. That not only gives the Red Brand its smallest audience in the show's decades-long history, but it brought in a lower rating in the key demo than last week's AEW Dynamite (0.45).
The ratings were all provided by ShowBuzz Daily. Wrestlenomics' Brandon Thurston then broke down the numbers even further, as you can see below.
WWE Raw last night was viewed by 1,527,000 and a P18-49 demo rating of 0.41.
These are both record lows for Raw. Dynamite last week did lower viewership (995k) but a higher P18-49 rating (0.45).
8pm hour of Raw ranked highest at #6, behind ESPN, Below Deck and CNN. /repost pic.twitter.com/bgUPfcFWWF— Brandon Thurston (@BrandonThurston) December 15, 2020
The show opened with the "Nightmare Before TLC" sketch involving AJ Styles, The Miz and John Morrison, leading into a solid match between Styles and Sheamus. The episode closed out with the WWE Championship "Ascension Ceremony," which resulted in dueling promos between Styles and Drew McIntyre ahead of their world championship match this coming Sunday at TLC. Styles dove off a ladder and sent the champ through a table before climbing up and holding the WWE Championship proudly over his head.
It's entirely possible to chalk up Raw's low ratings to the nail-biting Monday Night Football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns. But it is worth noting Dynamite has consistently done well with younger audiences while Raw's audience continues to be led by older viewers.
Next week's Raw will see the fallout from Sunday's TLC pay-per-view. Do you think this downward trend will continue, or will Raw manage to bounce back next week? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Check out the card for Sunday's show below:
- WWE Championship: Drew McIntyre vs. AJ Styles — Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match
- WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens — Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match
- SmackDown Women's Championship: Sasha Banks vs. Carmella
- WWE Women's Tag Team Championship: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler vs. Asuka & TBD
- Raw Tag Team Championships: The New Day vs. The Hurt Business
- Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton