WWE aired the first 2015 edition of its most-watched program, “Monday Night Raw,” on Jan. 5. The show was not well-received by both the WWE Universe and WWE talent backstage. The show was reportedly re-written by Vince McMahon around 3 p.m. EST. Additionally, prior to going on the air, Triple H is rumored to have held a talent meeting.
The episode of “Monday Night Raw,” which featured the return of The Authority, would average 3.760 million viewers, according to TVByTheNumbers.com. The figure is up almost 10 percent from last week’s average viewership of 3.459 million, one of the lowest figures for WWE since the mid 1990s.
Below is the hourly viewership breakdown for the Jan. 5 showing of “Monday Night Raw:”
Hour 1: 3.801 million viewers
Hour 2: 3.888 million viewers
Hour 3: 3.599 million viewers
The show was able to maintain steady viewership numbers until the third and final hour. The closing segment of the show, and perhaps the most-harped on, saw The Authority fire Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan, and Ryback.
Following the holiday lull, “Monday Night Raw” viewership returned to more reasonable numbers. Still, the television product needs to be drastically better than it was on Jan. 5, if WWE wants to reach more than 4 million viewers again.