9/26 Raw TV Ratings – Monday’s Raw vs. the Presidential Debate

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

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Against the first U.S. presidential debate, Monday’s WWE Raw fell below the 1.8 mark to all-time low territory.

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September 27: WWE Raw scored a 1.75 TV rating, down 11 percent from last week’s show.

The previous standard-week, low-point for Raw was a 1.8 back in October 1996. However, there was a Christmas Week episode on December 23, 1996 that scored a 1.5 rating to set the all-time low-point.

– Raw’s three hours averaged 2.478 million viewers, down eight percent (about 206,000 viewers) from last week.

It was the least-watched show of the year, but the first hour helped the show avoid falling completely off the table.

  • First Hour: 2.850 million viewers, the most since Labor Day
  • Second Hour: 2.381 million viewers, down about 300,000 viewers from last week
  • Third Hour: 2.203 million viewers, down about 430,000 viewers from last week

The third hour of Raw was likely one of the least-watched hours in the history of the show. It also continued the streak of Raw’s third hour declining from the second hour for the 28th consecutive week.

– DEMOGRAPHICS: Raw fell big among the key demos, as expected. However, adults 18-49 seemed to fare reasonably well considering the competition.

  • Adults 18-49 was down 10 percent from last week
  • Males 18-34 was down 18 percent
  • Males 18-49 was down 14 percent

– Meanwhile, ESPN’s Monday Night Football game fell by 33 percent to only 8.0 million viewers after drawing 12.1 million viewers last week.

ESPN put on perhaps the least-marquee match-up of the season with a regionally-focused game of Atlanta at New Orleans.

MNF had more room to fall compared to Raw, but Raw’s viewership falling 8-11 percent does not seem as bad as predicted against the most-watched debate in U.S. TV history.


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