Plenty of folks wanted to see what happened after WWE crowned an undisputed champion, and the December 16th edition of Raw that featured all of the fallout from TLC stood strong in the ratings against some stiff competition from the National Football League.
While the match-up of the Detroit Lions and Baltimore Ravens pitted two solid teams in a game with a ton of playoff implications, Raw still managed to inch up slightly higher than the previous week. The pay-per-view (PPV) follow-up was up 1% from last week's 4.16 million viewers, clocking in at 4.2 million viewers. That against Monday Night Football's whopping 14.164 million; still good enough to for second place.
Hourly breakdowns were as follows:
Hour one: 4.42 million
Hour two: 4.3 million
Hour three: 3.89 million
Unfortunately, a little more than half a million people didn't make it to the Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton barnburner. Whether that's because they got what they wanted from The Viper and John Cena talking early on, because it was past their bedtime or they got sucked into a close Ravens-Lions contest by the promise of Justin Tucker's leg of power...who knows?
The whole thing translated to a 2.95 rating, whatever that means. That's up 4% from last week's 2.84.
For complete results and the live blog from Raw click here. For full reactions click here. And for a complete playlist from the show click here.