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Raw ratings bring bad news for the second week in a row

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It was bad news for WWE for a second week, as the ratings for Raw last night were almost identical to the week before, which at the time were considered shockingly low.

The three plus hour broadcast averaged 2.68 million viewers, identical to the week before. Actually there were 2,000 more viewers last night, so it would just barely beat out last week's show as the lowest non-holiday episode of the show since 1996.

The NFL game with the Chicago Bears vs. Philadelphia Eagles did 12,137,000 viewers, which was down from the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Washington Redskins game of the week before that did 12,961,000 viewers.

Unless the company does something major, or gets a pay-per-view bump, next week, with the presidential debate, has a good chance of being the lowest rated episode of the 23-year history of the program. The record low rating number is a 1.78 on October 14, 1996, a show which went against a live Nitro, as well as the NFL and major league baseball playoffs.

Raw was only in seventh place on cable last night, trailing football, as well as SportsCenter, Major Crimes on TNT, The O'Reilly Factor, Bret Baker and The Five, all on Fox News.

The positive, which kept the show from hitting record lows is that the cage match with Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns kept the audience in the third hour better than most weeks.

The three hours were:

8 p.m. 2.73 million viewers
9 p.m. 2.69 million viewers
10 p.m. 2.63 million viewers