In a surprising turn of events, the latest episode of "WWE Raw" experienced a dip in its ratings, even with the highly anticipated face-off between legendary Trish Stratus and the reigning star Becky Lynch. Wrestling enthusiasts were left disappointed as Monday night's viewership dwindled to an average of 1.757 million, marking the lowest count since June 12.
This drop of seven percent from the prior week's episode was an unexpected blow to the show's popularity. The coveted P18-49 demographic, a key indicator of audience engagement, suffered a significant ten percent decrease from the previous week, garnering only 713,000 viewers within that age bracket.
This number was notably the lowest recorded since July 31.
Ratings Soar During Explosive WWE Moments
Notably, Wrestlenomics revealed that the episode's highlight emerged during the post-match scuffle involving Rhea Ripley, Candice LeRae, and Indi Hartwell, which managed to capture the attention of the audience and secure the highest ratings for that quarter-hour segment.
Equally captivating was the intense verbal confrontation between Shinsuke Nakamura and the reigning WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Seth Rollins. Surprisingly, the duel between Otis and GUNTHER managed to intrigue viewers aged 18-49, slightly boosting ratings within this demographic and providing a slight surge in the overall audience engagement.
Conversely, the least-watched quarter hour occurred at the beginning of the show, signaling a potential disinterest among fans during The Judgment Day's promo and the commencement of Sami Zayn's match against J.D. McDonagh.
Even during the much-awaited match between Lynch and Stratus, excitement waned, and attention seemed to waver, leading to a double count-out finish. The climax of the episode unveiled Cody Rhodes securing victory over The Judgment Day's Finn Balor.
This was achieved with a dramatic twist, as Rhodes wielded Damian Priest's Money In The Bank briefcase, which was mistakenly delivered to him by Priest himself, aiming for Balor. The miscalculated delivery provided a surprising and unexpected conclusion to the main event.
In the realm of sports entertainment, unpredictability reigns, and this episode of "WWE Raw" was no exception. The roller-coaster of viewership and the unexpected twists that unfolded in the ring showcased that, in the world of wrestling, anything can happen, and it often does.