WWE News: Monday Night Raw Remains Flat from Last Week in Viewership

Daniel PeragineSenior Analyst IINovember 7, 2012

UNCASVILLE, CT - AUGUST 3:  Actor Jeremy Piven guest hosts WWE's 'Monday Night Raw' at Mohegan Sun on August 3, 2009 in Uncasville, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Each week, the third hour of WWE Monday Night Raw is making little sense to have on the show.

Perhaps this past edition of Monday Night Raw could finally be the trigger to raise some awareness on the show's struggle to finish strong.

The Monday, Nov. 5 edition of WWE Monday Night Raw remained flat from last week's viewership, as this past edition saw the show gaining slightly above four million viewers (via TV By the Numbers).

WWE Monday Night Raw began its first hour with 4.06 million viewers. The show's second hour saw its viewership spike higher to 4.27 million viewers. However, Raw's third hour continues to raise alarms, as viewership suddenly dropped to 3.88 million viewers.

In adults 18-49, Raw peaked during its second hour, earning a 1.5 rating share. Raw's first and third hour remained the same with a 1.4 rating. 

However, Raw saw itself looking up, as the NFL's Monday Night Football was again the No. 1 show on cable television, landing 12.8 million viewers and scoring a 5.1 rating share in adults 18-49. 


The Third Hour of Monday Night Raw Is Becoming Pointless

WWE must ask itself why it is featuring a third hour of Monday Night Raw. Raw has simply become a show where viewers are not willing to see what happens in its final stages.

The third hour is becoming more pointless each week because of the fact that Monday Night Raw has become too dragged out. It is not a good sign to see a final hour decline in terms of viewership. Normally, a main event is what people want to tune in to. In Raw's case, the main event is where viewers are shutting off their televisions or moving on to another program. 

WWE will eventually need to make a gutsy call on whether to give up on this three-hour format or stick with it. It may be beneficial when the WrestleMania season comes into play but for right now, WWE should be on alert with Monday Night Raw's struggles.