The post-SummerSlam peak turned into a holiday valley for Monday Night Raw on Sept. 4, despite a big steel cage main event between Big Show and Braun Strowman announced the week before.
Dipping to 2.93 million viewers is a big drop from last episode’s 3.3 million, and the first time under 3 million since the last major holiday on July 3. But considering it was Labor Day in the United States (the same reason ratings information was delayed), it isn’t the end of the world - provided it’s a one week phenomenon.
The hourly breakdown:
Hour one: 3.07 million
Hour two: 2.98 million
Hour three: 2.75 million
It was also the first time this year they’ve had to compete with football, and the college game on ESPN finished ahead of the red brand in viewers and 18 - 49 demographic ratings share among cable originals on the night. Raw was second in both categories.
Sept. 11 brings us one week closer to No Mercy, but WWE will also be going head-to-head with the NFL, so... this might not be a one week phenomenon.
For complete results and the live blog for Raw this week click here. To read a complete recap and review of all the night’s events click here. For a full playlist of the show click here.