As the National Football League (NFL) season kicked off this weekend, it showed that it is the king of Monday Night when compared to WWE.
WWE Raw took a beating against the now-annual NFL double header of Monday night games. Via Showbuzzdaily.com, viewership for the night averaged 2.69 million viewers. This was down from last week’s 3.048 million viewers. Hour One scored 2.833 million viewers, hour two drew 2.717 million, and hour three scored 2.52 million.
The Nielsen rating for the night ended up being a 1.88. This is down from the 2.11 rating from Labor day (11% drop) and down 21 percent from the show two weeks ago when the Universal Championship was decided. Putting this in perspective, this rating matches the year low Fourth of July episode at 1.87 and is nearing all-time low levels.
The NFL games scored an average of 12.9 million viewers, which is within their normal viewership.
Bill Says: I’m sure there are a lot of factors in play here – but the numbers are the numbers and they’re ugly. Last night’s show was somewhat “average” with solid opening and closing segments but a lot of filler in between. I also sense like the show lacks a truly strong babyface to chase Kevin Owens and the title, which would help drive a little interest. That coupled with strong interest in football led to Raw getting routed this badly. We’ll see what WWE attempts to do to recover some of the rating.