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Raw ratings above average with Vince McMahon arrest angle

Even going against the highest rated Monday night game of the season, Raw did well above its fall season average with the Vince McMahon show-long arrest angle.

Raw did 3.53 million viewers, placing it third for the night on cable behind the Broncos-Bengals game that did 15.81 million viewers and an episode of SportsCenter.

The angle, as expected, helped maintain the audience as there was less of an audience drop as the show went on as is typical of Raw.  The return of John Cena also played a part in that.

The three hours were:

8 p.m. 3.70 million viewers
9 p.m. 3.49 million viewers
10 p.m. 3.43 million viewers

Monday was the final episode of Monday Night Football.  With the exception of the 1/11 show, which goes against the college football championship game, Raw will now be free of its top competition, and ratings should rise about 10 percent from the level they have been if history is an indication.