This week’s episode of Monday Night Raw didn’t do so well with ratings, according to Andrew Ravens of eWrestlingNews.com. The show finished with 2.759 million viewers – 350,000 fewer than last week’s episode.
Of course, the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans Monday Night Football game took away plenty of potential viewers. Ravens also noted that it was the third most-watched cable program this week.
The drop-off in viewership won’t sit well with the creative team, who put together a stacked card this week. It included a strong promo between Roman Reigns (who finally received good reactions from the crowd), and The Miztourage. Reigns later defended his Intercontinental Championship over Elias.
Seth Rollins faced Cesaro, while Samoa Joe, Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt were all in action as well. Kane was then to face Jason Jordan in the main event, before defeating him and quickly facing Finn Balor (who apparently isn’t over, by the way).
The show ended with Braun Strowman stopping Kane from stomping a chair onto Balor’s throat, and The Monster Among Men annihilated the Big Red Machine to end the show – signalling that their rivalry is far from over.
Throughout 2017, Raw’s ratings have been up-and-down, but usually go north of 3 million. With Monday Night Football going until the end of December, Raw is going to have issues maximizing their viewership. It’s just the reality of competing with the NFL.
For what it’s worth, Raw did slightly better than SmackDown this week, who finished with 2.596 million viewers (per Ravens). Considering there weren’t any other major sporting events to follow on Tuesday night, we can assume that Stephanie McMahon and Kurt Angle will be happy with winning the ratings war once again.
It wasn’t the best week of ratings for Monday Night Raw, but they also didn’t tumble too much. Brock Lesnar’s return on the Dec. 18 episode should help them get back up next month, too.
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