The decline in television ratings has been a major concern for the WWE in 2019, but viewership jumped back up for this week's episode of Monday Night Raw.
According to Showbuzz Daily (h/t WrestlingInc.com), 2.453 million tuned in to watch Raw this week, compared to just 2.352 million from the July 8 episode. It was just the second time in the last six weeks where Raw hit at least 2.4 million viewers.
The ratings problems have forced chairman Vince McMahon to make a series of major changes behind the scenes. He hired Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff to take over as the new Executive Directors of Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live, respectively.
Heyman has wasted no time changing up the Raw product thus far, bringing back more elements from the Attitude and Ruthless Aggression era. In Heyman's first week as the new Executive Director, we saw Bobby Lashley and Braun Strowman crash through the LED screen - which set off a series of fireworks backstage.
Creative has also worked in Maria Kanellis' real-life pregnancy into a storyline with her husband, Mike Bennett, where she continues to berate him for losing his matches. Not only that, but Maria even suggested to Mike that Becky Lynch should impregnate her instead after the Kanellis' lost a mixed tag match to her and Seth Rollins.
This week's episode saw Bray Wyatt finally make a return to the ring, where he introduced his new character and attacked Finn Balor out of nowhere. To top off this week's episode of Raw, Seth Rollins won a 10-man Battle Royal to become the No. 1 contender for Brock Lesnar's Universal Championship at SummerSlam.
What This Means
A change in direction and the general product is key for Raw to sustain strong ratings, and they're off to a good start under Heyman's leadership. As long as he continues to introduce unique storylines while adding some more hardcore moments, ratings shouldn't be a concern much longer in WWE.