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WWE Raw ratings down against college football championship game

Raw averaged 1.63 million viewers on Monday night.

Going against the Alabama vs. Georgia college football championship game, Raw fell to 1.63 million viewers and a 0.39 rating in 18-49.

The 18-49 number was among the lowest in the 29-year history of Raw, although comparing ratings with even two years ago really means little because of the changes in television and consumption.

The football game averaged 22.6 million viewers and drew a 6.29 in 18-49 on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU.

Raw was ninth for the night on cable, trailing eight shows on ESPN all related to the game.

Still, Raw fared much better last year against the national championship.

Raw was 10th in women 18-49, 10th in men 18-49, ninth in 18-34, seventh in women 12-34, and ninth in men 12-34. The show was 17th with total viewers.

It was down five percent in viewers, 14 percent in 18-49, and 25 percent in 18-34 from last week, most of which you can probably figure due to football coverage.

However, from last year at the ThunderDome against the championship game, Raw's decline was 10 percent in viewers, 29 percent in 18-49, and 30 percent in 18-34.

Cable homes are also well down from last year, although not to that level.

The key to the decline was a huge drop in men 18-34 from last week, which would be football related.

As far as drops during the show from hour one to hour three it was 12 percent, which is a little higher than has been of late. The drops were six percent with women 18-49, seven percent with men 18-49, 14 percent with teenage girls, 33 percent with teenage boys, and 14 percent with people over 50.

The three hours were:

8 p.m. 1.73 million viewers
9 p.m. 1.66 million viewers
10 p.m. 1.51 million viewers