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WWE News: Monday Night Raw viewership figures sees a spike following Survivor Series

Simon Cotton
ANALYST
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1.98K   //    22 Nov 2017, 05:35 IST

The Big Dog became a Grand Slam Champion last night
The Big Dog became a Grand Slam Champion last night

What’s the Story?

This week’s episode of Monday Night Raw averaged 3.074 million viewers; up slightly from last week’s average of 3.031 million.

In case you didn’t know...

The first hour of Raw started with Triple H being confronted by Kurt Angle, Jason Jordan and Braun Strowman and was followed up by a match between Finn Bálor and Samoa Joe.

The second hour of Raw featured a MizTV interview with Roman Reigns, the return of Paige and the debuts of NXT Women’s Wrestlers Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose.

The final hour of Raw saw Jordan take on Strowman and Reigns defeating The Miz to win the Intercontinental Championship in the main event.

The heart of the matter

Raw was up against the Monday Night Football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Seattle Seahawks and six NBA games; one of which started at the same time as Raw’s broadcast.

The following is the hourly breakdown of the Nov. 20 edition of Raw:

Hour one: 3.244 million
Hour two: 3.194 million
Hour three: 2.785 million
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50,000 viewers tuned out heading into the second hour of the show, but the biggest drop occurred in hour three with 409,000 fans changing the channel heading into the main event between Reigns and The Miz.

What’s next?

Raw has no pay-per-view planned for the rest of the year, so their viewership might decline in the next few weeks as they continue to go up against the NFL and NBA games.

Raw is scheduled to broadcast on Christmas this year, so that may be the big show the brand builds towards before the New Year’s episode and the upcoming 25th Anniversary of Raw in January.

Author’s take

With no pay-per-view to build towards as the end of the year draws closer, Raw will have to book some interesting matches and confrontations to keep their rise in viewership going.

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Simon Cotton
ANALYST
Freelance Journalist and Photographer, Columbia College Chicago Graduate Student, Jackson State University Alumnus Occasional guest on the Social Suplex Podcast Network. https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/social-suplex-podcast-network Catch me on Anchor for some interesting thoughts. https://anchor.fm/simon-cotton
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