Ending a pay-per-view on a note of indecision is apparently not the ticket to casual WWE fans’ hearts.
Despite promising the fallout to Sunday’s Battleground event and airing against a far weaker Monday Night Football game, Monday’s RAW enjoyed only a slight ratings boost over last week’s disappointing number.
Up to a 1.4 adults 18-49 rating, off hours of 1.3, 1.4, 1.4, RAW narrowly beat last week’s 1.3 (which came from hours of 1.3, 1.3 and 1.4).
The viewership growth was similarly underwhelming. Monday’s show, which commenced with the storyline firing of The Big Show and ended with Show laying out key authority figure Triple H, attracted just 3.71 million viewers for a minimal increase over last week’s 3.58 million.
While some outlets are attributing the disappointing number to “increased” competition from the MLB Playoffs, the combined rating for this week’s baseball and football games actually trails that of the prior week’s. Football and baseball were a factor, as they always are every October, but they were not a uniquely-daunting figure this week.