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Raw ratings down slightly against tough competition from MLB & NFL


Raw ratings were once again good when you look at everything, as going against both Major League playoffs and the NFL, Raw did 2.75 million viewers, down only slightly from the 2.79 million viewers last week.

The show seemed to flow better than most weeks, and did feature the return of Paul Heyman and a lot of build for a Brock Lesnar vs. Bill Goldberg match. It will be interesting to see what Goldberg's return, which will be hyped for a week, does on Monday from Denver.

Baseball seemed to take a big bite out of football, as the NFL game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers only did 9.06 million viewers, which is very low for the series. The two baseball games in prime time saw the early game on TBS with the Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Red Sox did 4.02 million viewers and the late game with the San Francisco Giants vs. Chicago Cubs on FS1 did 4.10 million viewers, the latter being one of the highest rated shows in the history of the station.

The three hours of Raw were:

8 p.m. 2.79 million viewers
9 p.m. 2.88 million viewers
10 p.m. 2.61 million viewers

Raw finished seventh for the night on cable.