WWE knew the competition for ratings would get really stiff starting last night (Sept. 9, 2013) when Monday Night Football kicked off on ESPN with a double header featuring games pitting the Philadelphia Eagles against the Washington Redskins and the Houston Texans traveling to the west coast to meet the San Diego Chargers.
Both games briefly went head to head with Monday Night Raw, though the Eagles vs. Redskins game, which did 16.52 million viewers, went against the first two hours of the show.
Raw, surprisingly, held up rather well, scoring an average of 3.88 million viewers for all three hours. Here's the hourly breakdown:
Hour one: 3.80 million
Hour two: 3.90 million
Hour three: 3.95 million
Shockingly steady numbers all throughout the evening and a rare growth pattern, no matter how small, for all three hours. Sure, it would have been nice if the big go home show to the upcoming Night of Champions pay-per-view (PPV) in Detroit this weekend would have been able to get over four million viewers, but the reality is Raw held up well against some very stiff competition.
Let's see how long this continues.