Ratings for WWE's flagship television program, Monday Night Raw, tend to fluctuate a bit but generally stay within a regular range that the company and its broadcast partner, USA, can be happy with. Sure, the rating has dipped into the low 2's recently but there always seems to be a rebound immediately after.
Well, no matter which way you slice it, these numbers are troubling.
The ratings are in for last night's (Nov. 19, 2012) show, which featured all the fallout from Survivor Series this past weekend, and the show did a 2.72 rating for an average of 3.84 million viewers. That's pretty bad coming out of what's supposed to be a major pay-per-view (PPV) event and it's worse than the number for the go home show to said event.
Here's how the hours break down:
Hour one: 3.87 million
Hour two: 3.92 million
Hour three: 3.71 million
There was significant competition from new episodes of Pawn Stars and the Monday Night Football game on ESPN between the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears. But that game was a blowout and well out of hand after just the first quarter. It was never close and shouldn't have taken too many viewers away from Raw, though the game averaged roughly 12 million viewers.
Either way, the numbers should be much better coming out of what is normally a major PPV and used to be considered one of the "Big Four." Can we blame this on the terrible affair storyline with AJ Lee and John Cena?