WWE Title Match Helps Raw Viewership Rise; Third Hour Highest Since August

-- Last night's viewership figures for WWE Monday Night Raw are in and the show, as expected, managed a higher audience than a week ago, drawing 1.779 million viewers, up from last week's 1.690 million. In the 18-49 demographic, the story was a bit different as Raw fell to an average rating of 0.51 compared to 0.53 last week. The NFL Monday night game between the Bears and Viking led the way in both categories, watched by 11.45 million people and drawing a 3.23 in the 18-49 demo. In total viewership, Raw finished #27 while in the key demo, it checked in at #6. The hourly figures are below, showing that the title match at the end of the night, not only helped bolster overall numbers, but it led to a very minimal drop and in fact, was the most watched third hour since the ThunderDome concept was unveiled. The 18-49 rating for the third hour also exceeded the second hour.

    * Hour 1 - 1.868 million
    * Hour 2 - 1.740 million
    * Hour 3 - 1.728 million