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Monday Night Raw held up reasonably well up against the college football championship last night, drawing a 2.03 rating. They took a big hit in the third hour, though, dropping from 3.01 million viewers in hour one and 3.02 million viewers in hour two down to 2.69 million viewers in the third hour. That’s a drop of 325,000 viewers, well above last week’s 103,000 drop-off and well above the ten week average of 283,000.
The 2.03 rating is below last week’s 2.09 rating, but above the December average of 2.0 and a small notch above the prior ten week rolling average of 2.02.
A year ago, Raw drew a 2.36 rating.
Keller’s Analysis: All in all, WWE should be relieved. Up against the 24.3 million the college football game drew, Raw easily could have drawn well under 2.0, despite Undertaker and Shawn Michaels being advertised. The Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens & Chris Jericho main event, though, did not perform well with the larger than average dropooff for hour three once Undertaker and Michaels appeared.