Raw Rating: Up against stellar Monday Night Football match-up on ESPN, Raw drops to one of lowest ratings of all time


PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents a special Thursday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast featuring a WrestleMania 36 Preview with ex-WWE Creative Team member and professional stand-up comedian Matt McCarthy.

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Last night’s episode of WWE Monday Night Raw drew a 1.68 rating, among the lowest of all time for the show. It went up against one of the most attractive NFL Monday Night Football match-ups Raw has ever faced with two 9-1 teams battling in a high-scoring back-and-forth dazzling classic.

The 1.68 is one of five times in the last twenty years Raw has drawn a rating below 1.70, all of them in the last 12 months. It’s a sharp drop-off from year-ago levels of 2.14 and two years ago this week of 2.14. Viewership dropped as the show progressed from 2.721 million viewers I’m the first hour to 2.502 million in the second hour to 2.256 million in the third hour. The first-to-third drop-off of 465,000 is among the highest of the year, although less than last week’s sharp drop-off of 619,000. The average drop-off this year is 323,000.

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PWTorch editor Wade Keller is joined by cohost Mike Chiari from Ring Rust Radio to discuss WWE Monday Night Raw from Los Angeles, Calif. including Survivor Series fallout, plus Dean Ambrose talks about Roman Reigns’s cancer, Ronda Rousey rebounds from beatdown to prove she’s a fighting champion with no nights off, Baron Corbin shatters Braun Strowman’s elbow, Stephanie McMahon brings up “dismemberment” as a “corporate liability,” and much more including an on-site correspondent and mailbag.

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