With the Royal Rumble only a week away, Raw put up a fairly disappointing show full of truly baffling decisions. Fortunately for WWE, that did not hurt them in the ratings department, as more viewers tuned in for the go-home show before one of the year’s biggest Pay Per Views. Overall, Raw averaged 3.5 million viewers, with a 1.22 rating in the 18-49 demographic, with both numbers up slightly from the previous week. As usual, the show lost viewers fairly steadily throughout the evening, with a significant drop for the third hour, which actually drew lower viewership and ratings than the third hour of last week’s Raw. The main event of the show was an interview segment where Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar faced off on Chris Jericho’s Highlight Reel, so the large drop in viewers might be disconcerting to some within WWE, since the main event was heavily advertised throughout Raw.
Hour 1 (8PM-9PM): 3.78 million viewers, 1.31 demo rating
Hour 2 (9PM-10PM): 3.59 million viewers, 1.24 demo rating
Hour 3 (10PM-11PM +overrun): 3.12 million viewers, 1.11 demo rating