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CM Punk’s decision was no match for double-sized Monday Night Football

But it’s to Punk, Seth Rollins & all of Team WWE Raw’s credit the drops weren’t bigger against two NFL games on Dec. 11.

WWE had a really good hook for their Dec. 11 show: CM Punk would announce whether he was signing with Raw, SmackDown or NXT. And since everyone figured he’d pick Team Red on the red show, they also teased and delivered on his first promo battle with Seth Rollins.

Raw needed a good hook, too. Because it was going up against two Monday Night Football games. Neither looked great on paper, but both turned into thrilling upsets — one of them orchestrated by a breakout character so good WWE wishes they’d scripted him.

It’s to Punk, Rollins & Team WWE’s credit that Raw held up as well as it did against two NFL games. But it still saw drops. Per Wrestlenomics, last night’s episode averaged 1,466,000 viewers per hour from 8-11pm ET. With 18-49 year olds, it had a .46 rating. Both are down from the week prior, but only 4% and 6% respectively.

Not bad considering the New York Giants last second win over the Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans big comeback victory against the Miami Dolphins were watched by almost 20 million people on ABC, ESPN & ESPN2 (according to Sports TV Ratings).

Only one game next Monday and CM Punk is a regular on Raw now, so we’ll see how the show does the week before Christmas. In the meantime, here’s a rundown of the past year’s worth of Raw’s numbers:

For complete results and this week’s Raw live blog click here. To read a recap & review of the night’s events click here. For video highlights of the show click here.

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