Vince McMahon is not going to be happy about this.
Despite a late promotional push marketing his return, last night's (Dec. 3, 2012) episode of Monday Night Raw scored some of its lowest ratings of the year opposite the highly anticipated New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins game on ESPN's Monday Night Football.
Raw averaged just 3.43 million viewers. That's a really low number for a show that featured all the major players and the return of one of the biggest ratings draws in the past 30 years.
Here's the hourly breakdown:
Hour one: 3.58 million viewers
Hour two: 3.37 million viewers
Hour three: 3.36 million viewers
For comparison's sake, the Giants-Redskins game, which saw Washington win a close one, 17-16, drew 16.21 million viewers.
This isn't altogether surprising, considering Monday Night Football always eats away at Raw's audience. Indeed, the previous low this year for Raw was the Oct. 1 edition that garnered just 3.50 million viewers. That was the same week the Chicago Bears went into Dallas and beat the Cowboys 34-18 in a game that grabbed the highest rating of the year for ESPN.
WWE shouldn't panic but don't be surprised if they do. With recent news that CM Punk had to have knee surgery, not to mention rumors of John Cena dealing with an illness, it's been a rough few days for the company.