As we creep closer and closer to WWE Raw facing stiffer competition with the beginning of the season and in turn, Monday Night Football on ESPN, there continues to be a decided lack of meaningful increase in the shows ratings.
The numbers are in for Monday night's (Aug. 29) episode in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and they're slightly up from last weeks, although it's not all roses and sunshine. PWTorch brings the news:
WWE Raw on Monday, August 29 scored a 3.14 rating, which is in-between a 2.97 rating last week and 3.27 rating on August 15 the night after Summerslam.
Raw averaged 4.65 million viewers, up slightly from an average of 4.64 million viewers last week. The first hour averaged 4.79 million viewers, but slipped to 4.52 million viewers in the second hour.
It was the fewest second hour viewers of the year (other than the July 4 episode) and the fewest since October 11, 2010 up against a highly-rated Brett Favre Monday Night Football game.
No surprise the numbers dropped off big as the show went on. The night got progressively less and less interesting, concluding with the insanely meaningless mismatched tag team main event featuring John Cena, Sheamus, Christian and Mark Henry.
The larger issue for WWE is that so many viewers tuned out before the announcement from Triple H that he would take the place of Kevin Nash against CM Punk at Night of Champions. Which is why he explicitly explained as much as soon as he made his way out on the Smackdown SuperShow last night.
The drop off in viewership is also troubling in terms of how it will affect the rating for last night's live Smackdown. Will it have any affect at all? Stay tuned to find out.