On this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw, Lana and Rusev finally put an end to their unhappy marriage, Seth Rollins joined with The Authors Of Pain to form a new heel stable, and Rey Mysterio successfully defended the United States Championship against AJ Styles after some help from Randy Orton.
Raw viewership did decline by three percent, however, falling from last week’s 2.21 million to 2.15 million. This is despite the fact that close to 3 million less people decided to watch Monday Night Football, as the Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants game drew in 11.36 million overnight viewers, compared to last week’s 14.03 million.
Raw also continued to haemorrhage viewers as it entered its third hour. While 2.225 million tuned in to watch Lana and Rusev sign their divorce papers, only 1.995 million watched Rey Mysterio defeat AJ Styles. This drop is not as bad as in previous weeks, however, as less people watched the show during its first hour.
Raw’s audience also continued to be dominated by over 50 year olds, as it garnered a 0.93 rating, compared to 0.70 in the 18-49 demographic.