There is no way to spin the Monday, 11/23 WWE Raw ratings other than that they were a disaster.
The show did 2.95 million viewers, more than 200,000 viewers lower than what had previously been the non-holiday low dating back to 1997 when Raw was losing badly to WCW Monday Nitro.
Part of the reason was the NFL's Monday night game featuring the New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills that did 14.26 million viewers, which is about two million more than football has been doing in recent weeks but nowhere near a record.
It is the first time Raw averaged less than three million viewers since 1997.
To make matters worse, this was the day after the Survivor Series event where the WWE heavyweight title changed hands, which usually would lead to at least a strong first hour. In case you needed to be reminded, Sheamus now holds the gold after cashing in his MITB briefcase against five minute champion Roman Reigns.
The three hours were:
- 8 p.m. 3.19 million viewers
- 9 p.m. 2.99 million viewers
- 10 p.m. 2.71 million viewers
Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez discuss last night's WWE Raw on Wrestling Observer Radio.