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WWE Raw ratings up despite tougher NFL competition

Raw was up slightly in both total viewership and the 18-49 demo.

Even though the NFL competition was tougher, Raw was slightly up from last week, averaging 1.65 million viewers and drawing a 0.44 rating in 18-49.

The Monday Night Football game with Washington ending Philadelphia's undefeated record did 12.77 million viewers and a 3.81 in 18-49. It only aired on ESPN.

Raw was sixth for the night on cable, behind the game, the postgame show, the kickoff show, and SportsCenter after the game.

Aside from ESPN, Raw beat everything on cable. It also beat ABC throughout prime time, beat CBS after 8:30 p.m., beat NBC after 10 p.m., and beat Fox after 9 p.m. In the 9 p.m. hour it was behind only the NFL and The Voice on NBC. In the 10 p.m. hour it beat everything but the NFL.

Raw was seventh in women 18-49, trailing the three NFL broadcasts, Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, and 90 Day Single Life. It was sixth in men 18-49, sixth in 18-34, fifth in women 12-34, and sixth in men 12-34. It was 22nd for the day in total viewers behind four NFL-related shows and 17 news shows.

Raw was up three percent in viewers from last week, up three percent in 18-49, and up two percent in 18-34. The NFL game was up 21 percent in total viewers and up 20 percent in 18-49 from last week.

From one year ago, Raw was up four percent in viewers, up five percent in 18-49, and up 33 percent in 18-34. Factoring in homes that no longer get cable, the real percentage increases were nine percent in viewers, 10 percent in 18-49, and 38 percent in 18-34.

It's the usual post-daylight saving time pattern with viewers starting out high and declining throughout the show.

With Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor as the main event, the show dropped similarly to last week from hour one to three.

Women 18-49 dropped nine percent from the first hour to the third, men 18-49 dropped 17 percent, women 12-34 were up 11 percent, and men 12-34 were down 22 percent. People over 50 were down 19 percent.

The three hours were:

  • 8 p.m. 1.79 million viewers
  • 9 p.m. 1.68 million viewers
  • 10 p.m. 1.47 million viewers