It looks like Heath Slater's reputation as a family man appealed heavily to the Monday night television audience as WWE Raw saw a boost in the 18-49 demographic rating even as overall viewership fell. Raw took the fourth, fifth, and sixth spots for the night in the cable rankings, beat in the demo only by youth staples such as 90-Day Fiance and Below Deck Mediterranean.
WWE Raw Viewership Down But Ratings Up
Monday's episode of WWE Raw featured the return of Heath Slater in the opening segment, a return that was leaked on the internet before the show aired, potentially drawing in more youthful viewers. Overall viewership was down for the night, with hours of 1.752 million, 1.697 million, and 1.692 million people for an average of 1.687 million viewers. That's down from last week's 1.735 million and the lowest number since early May.
However, with the overall viewership down, that can only mean that the increase in the demographic rating proves how big of a draw Heath Slater is. Raw's three hours drew a .51, .49, and .48 in the 18-49 demo for an average of .49, up from last week's .48.
The Bottom Line 'Cause Chad Said So
It's great to see that WWE is finally becoming popular with young people again after all those reports claiming their audience was aging and would soon all die off. When using the right stars, it's obvious that young people will tune in on a Monday night to watch WWE, so hopefully, WWE recognizes this and hires Slater back. First of all, that sets an obvious feud with Dolph Ziggler and another with Drew McIntyre, but after you build Slater up and have him win the title. Then hopefully, you have simultaneously been building up The Ratings King of Friday Nights, Baron Corbin, over on Smackdown. You put the Universal Championship on Corbin, and then you have Corbin and Slater face off to unify the titles in the main event of WrestleMania. It would be bigger than Austin/Rock.