WWE Raw ratings for Labor Day show on Sept. 5

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WWE usually expects its flagship show, Raw, to bring in lower than average ratings when it airs on Labor Day, as it did this past Monday, Sept. 5. To that end, there's some good news on the numbers brought in by the show (via PWTorch):

WWE Raw on Labor Day Monday, September 5 scored a 3.0 flat rating, down from a 3.14 rating last week, but above a 2.97 rating two weeks ago.

Raw averaged 4.19 million viewers - the lowest of the year other than the Fourth of July Raw, which was expected due to the holiday. The first hour averaged 4.22 million viewers, and the second hour declined slightly to an average of 4.16 million viewers.

Not the worst in the world and I'm, quite frankly, surprised that viewership didn't drop further into the second hour of the show. It's difficult to continue supporting the product after WWE puts on shows like it did on Monday.

The Triple H vs. Kevin Nash vs. CM Punk angle has quickly turned into a complete and utter failure. I went into a long and detailed version events right here but suffice to say that after starting hot, they made every mistake imaginable over the past two weeks to effectively kill any and all fan interest.

There was also surprisingly little fanfare for the return to TV of WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio and in the main event, superhero John Cena went over once again. Still, I suppose the company should be lauded for managing to pull a 3.0 on a holiday.

For results and a Raw live blog click here, for complete reactions to the show click here and for all the videos from the night's events click here.

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