When WWE Raw went head-to-head with night one of the last Democratic National Convention on July 25, 2016, Raw actually drew more viewers than the previous week. But four years is a very long time and during those four years, more than a million of those fans who watched Raw that week have moved on from the WWE product.
On that night, Raw drew an average of 3,338,000 viewers, adding a total of 205,000 viewers from the previous week. It had hours of 3,412,000 viewers in the first, 3,350,000 viewers in the second, and 3,254,000 viewers in the third hour.
During that particular Raw, Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley kicked off the show to announce the creation of the Universal title. Two, four-way matches were held during the broadcast where the winners advanced to the Raw main event for a spot at SummerSlam for the brand new title. Finn Balor won the first match, and Roman Reigns won the second one, with Balor then beating Reigns in the main event. That was also the Raw in Pittsburgh when Sasha Banks beat Charlotte Flair to become the new WWE Women’s champion.
But night one of the DNC easily won the night with a combined 25.8 million audience across three broadcast networks and three cable news channels. That night, the broadcast for the DNC kicked off at 10PM and featured keynote speeches by Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.
The story will certainly be different tonight. Raw cannot even break the 2 million viewer mark nowadays and its audience got older along the way which typically favors the 50+ audience to gravitate more towards politics if they had to choose. The televised DNC will start an hour earlier this time around, at 9PM, leaving WWE with just the 8PM hour to build an audience.