After WWE Raw posted a dismal 2.7 rating for its go home show to Night of Champions on Sept. 12, panic reigned supreme at the officies in Stamford, Connecticut. Indeed, it would seem the company was desperate enough to rebound from that number that they switched the WWE championship from Alberto Del Rio to John Cena at the pay-per-view thinking that would sove their woes.
PWTorch brings word of the numbers and whether or not it worked:
WWE Raw on Monday, September 19 scored a 3.0 rating the night after the Night of Champions PPV to rebound from one of the lowest ratings of the last 14 years last week. It was the same 3.0 rating as two weeks ago on Labor Day.
Raw averaged 4.33 million viewers, up 12 percent compared to last week's alarmingly-low viewership. The first hour averaged 4.43 million viewers, then Raw decreased to an average of 4.22 million viewers in the second hour. (The second hour was opposed by the Charlie Sheen Roast on Comedy Central, Pawn Stars on History Channel, and ESPN's Monday Night Football.)
What makes this frustrating is that they will undoubtedly attribute the higher numbers to having Cena win the title at Night of Champions, when, in reality, any Raw the night after a major pay-per-view is going to do solid numbers.
The show itself featured the firing of The Miz and R-Truth while advancing the storyline that there is a major conspiracy within WWE and Triple H is in the process of getting to the bottom of it.
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