Even though UFC President Dana White dismissed the idea that his mixed martial arts promotion specifically wanted to go head-to-head with WWE RAW Monday, many within pro wrestling and mixed martial arts still considered the UFC Fight Night vs. Monday Night RAW battle to be a “Monday Night War.”
WWE’s decision to book former boxing great Mike Tyson on its show indicates that it, too, felt Monday night was ripe for making a statement.
And, as expected, it proved that regardless of pay-per-view performance, WWE remains the leader when it comes to cable television. Ratings data reveals that USA Network’s RAW posted a 3.7 cable rating (3.2 household) with 5.45 million viewers and a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49.
By comparison, UFC Fight Night on Spike TV averaged a 1.1 household rating with 1.71 million viewers and a 0.9 among adults 18-49. The cable rating (the one wrestling and MMA sites refer to as “the rating”) was not available at press time, but a good ballpark would be a 1.3.
Source: Nielsen Media Research, Travis Yanan, Media Week