The ratings are in for last night's episode of WWE Raw Supershow from Liverpool, England, and we're inching dangerously close to "hurry up and put the title on John Cena" territory.
That's because the numbers dropped off once again. PWTorch brings the word:
Raw on Monday, November 7 scored a 2.88 rating, down two-tenths from a 3.10 rating last week. Raw was just ahead of a 2.92 rating on September 26 for the lowest rating of the year outside of the Fourth of July Raw.
Raw nearly dipped below four million viewers, averaging 4.02 million overall viewers. The first hour averaged 4.17 million viewers and the second hour averaged 3.86 million viewers, continuing a concerning trend.
It's the eighth week out of the last 11 where Raw's second hour viewership has declined from the first hour, which was a rarity for Raw prior to this year.
Declining viewership from the first hour to the second is a seriously troubling trend and one that absolutely must be causing panic amongst the big wigs in Stamford. That said, there are reasons for the decline, some of which WWE has no control over.
Last night's Monday Night Football game featured the Chicago Bears taking on the Philadelphia Eagles, two huge football markets that double as big pro wrestling markets. And if fans are forced to choose between a football game that had playoff implications and came down to the final play and Raw, which has been booked into the ground for the past few months, well, that choice is easy.
And the proof is in the numbers.
The Minnesota Vikings play the Green Bay Packers next Monday night (Nov. 14) to oppose the three hour Raw in Boston that will feature the return of The Rock. It's hard to imagine the amount of panic a bad rating for that show would cause.