Reactions to last night’s WWE RAW have been somewhat mixed. Overall, though, most people thought it was a stinker.
There was a bunch of hype behind the show, with Jerry Lawler as the advertised guest to mediate issues between the Bella Twins. It was also billed as the “season premiere.” The show was headlined by a Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt rematch inside the steel cage, and Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton was advertised. It was the first night for ESPN and Monday Night Football, so WWE tried to pull out all the stops.
So how’d WWE do in the ratings? It scored a 1.5 in adults 18-49 for the 9:00pm hour, with over 4 million viewers (its highest rated hour). It kicked off at 3.9 million viewers (and a 1.5 share) at 8pm, and did the worst rating at the 10 o’ clock hour, with a 1.3 share and 3.8 million viewers.
Compare that to Monday Night Football with its 5.2 share and over 13 million viewers.
It’s not all doom-and-gloom for WWE, however. Ratings were up from last week where the show only averaged a 1.3. Overall viewership was up as well. However, WWE had to be disappointed that a major guest star like Jerry Springer, with what the company probably considered a headline-grabbing angle, didn’t drive up the RAW rating any higher.
The company should probably just be happy Monday Night Football didn’t eat Monday Night Raw for breakfast.