Although the ratings for Monday Night Raw always take a hit during football season, it's particularly bad when Monday Night Football over on ESPN features a strong game between two teams that draw well. That was the case last night (Nov. 4, 2013) with the Chicago Bears going into Green Bay and defeating the Packers in a close contest by a final score of 27-20.
The fact that it was that close meant fans had a good reason to tune in for the entire game, hurting Raw's numbers throughout the three-hour program. The game did 16.10 million viewers while wrestling did a 2.75 rating and averaged 3.89 million viewers for the entire show.
The decline is shown in the hourly breakdown.
Hour one: 4.07 million
Hour two: 3.95 million
Hour three: 3.64 million
Considering this is the third week in a row the viewership has dropped hour after hour, we can rightfully consider it a pattern. Next week's show will run on a tape delay thanks to it taking place over in England on the annual tour of the U.K., so it will be most interesting to see if the numbers improve.
Plus, the Monday Night Football match-up next week is Miami vs. Tampa Bay, which should do one of the worst ratings of the year for ESPN.