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WWE Raw posts fourth-lowest ratings of modern era

Despite easier competition, Raw fell five percent Monday night to 2.37 million viewers.

The drop was because last week's show came a day after a major pay-per-view. The show was ninth for the night on cable, trailing the usual NFL-related and news programming, but beating all other entertainment shows.

The episode, which was generally viewed as weak, saw the audience drop 19 percent from the first to third hour, one of the bigger drops in history, to go along with being one of the lower-rated Raw shows in history.

This week's drop was huge among women in particular, with women 18-49 dropping off 17 percent from the first to third hour and teenage girls dropping 35 percent from the first to third hour.

The Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans game head-to-head did 9.74 million viewers, well below usual for Monday Night Football.

It was the fourth-lowest audience of the modern era, largely due to the major drop during the show.

The three hours were:

  • 8 p.m. 2.61 million viewers
  • 9 p.m. 2.38 million viewers
  • 10 p.m. 2.11 million viewers

Here's a chart from Paul Fontaine that looks at the 10 biggest first-to-third hour drops in Raw history: