The ratings for this week’s episode of WWE RAW have arrived and they’ve taken a huge hit. The red mark’s drop in ratings was likely due to two NFL football games on Monday night.
The National Football League season has officially started and there were two Monday Night Football games last night. There is usually only one football game against RAW, so it was a particularly difficult week for the red brand.
According to Brandon Thurston of WrestleNomics, last night’s episode of RAW had the lowest viewership since July 4. The September 19 edition of WWE RAW averaged 1.593 million viewers and garnered 0.45 (583,000) in the key 18-49 demographic.
While WWE RAW suffered a 7% drop in total viewership last night, the show managed to achieve a slightly higher rating in the key demo than last week. Monday’s show started with 1.709 million viewers in the first hour, then dropped to 1.449 million in the final hour.
What happened during this week’s WWE RAW?
Bobby Lashley defended the United States Championship against Seth Rollins to start the show. Matt Riddle interfered in the match and Bobby capitalized with a spear to retain the title via pinfall. Seth and Riddle brawled backstage and a Fight Pit match was announced for Extreme Rules next month.
Damage CTRL took to the ring in a cart and celebrated with the Women’s Tag Team Championships. RAW Women’s Champion Bianca Belair, Asuka and Alexa Bliss halted their promo. Alexa leveled Bayley with a punch to the face and The Role Model fought her later in the main event.
Austin Theory took on Kevin Owens. Theory tried to use his MITB briefcase as a weapon but Johnny Gargano snatched it away. Owens then hit the Pop-Up Powerbomb for the overall victory. Gargano & Owens vs. Alpha Academy has been announced for next week’s episode of WWE RAW.
The Brawling Brutes picked up a victory over The Street Profits. Ridge Holland and Butch are set to take on The Usos for the Undisputed Tag Team Championships this Friday on SmackDown.
Dominik Mysterio explained that he turned his back on his father and his decision to join The Judgment Day. Damian Priest and Finn Balor then defeated Matt Riddle and Rey Mysterio in a tag team match. During the match, Dominik challenged his father to hit him with a chair and Balor took advantage of the distraction with the knockout blow for the eventual victory.
The Miz and Tommaso Ciampa had Dexter Lumis on an episode of Miz TV. He cut the bottom of the ring and The A-Lister ran away. Finn Balor attempted to recruit AJ Styles backstage for The Judgment Day but The Phenomenal One refused.
Bayley defeated Alexa Bliss in the main event. After the match, Damage CTRL attacked and the RAW Women’s Champion rushed to the ring. Bayley hit Bianca Belair with the Rose Plant and challenged her to a title match at Extreme Rules to close the show.
WWE ratings have been on the rise lately, but that trend has come to a halt due to the return of football. Only time will tell if the company can bring back some of the lost viewers for next week’s episode of WWE RAW.
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