How Is WWE Raw Holding Up Against NFL Monday Night Football?

A look at WWE Raw's recent numbers following the return of NFL football.

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This week's episode of WWE Raw posted minor P2+ and P18-49 increases as the period of increased competition from NFL football entered its third week.

As originally reported by Wrestlenomics, Raw's 26 September show drew an average of 1.674 million viewers across its three hours. This included around 587,000 aged 18-49 for a P18-49 rating of 0.45.

Raw peaked at sixth on the night amongst original cable telecasts, outdone only by NFL coverage. The show faced head-to-head competition from a Monday Night Football game between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants drawing 19.3 million P2+ viewers and a 5.55 P18-19 combined across ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2 coverage.


Raw's P2+ number was up 5% from the previous week's 1.594 million. P18-49, meanwhile, increased 1% from 580,000.

Monday Night Football returned on 12 September. On the last week prior to this, Raw drew 2.054 million total viewers and 760,000 P18-49. As always, the NFL schedule is having an understandable detrimental impact on WWE's former flagship show, though this has been starker in 2022 than 2021.


As an average of the last three weeks, Raw is currently down 19.2% in P2+ and 23.7% P18-49 since the NFL returned. In 2021, these drops were 6.7% and 10.6% respectively.

Data: Wrestlenomics, Showbuzz Daily.

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Andy has been with WhatCulture for six years and is currently WhatCulture's Senior Wrestling Reporter. A writer, presenter, and editor with 10+ years of experience in online media, he has been a sponge for all wrestling knowledge since playing an old Royal Rumble 1992 VHS to ruin in his childhood. Having previously worked for Bleacher Report, Andy specialises in short and long-form writing, video presenting, voiceover acting, and editing, all characterised by expert wrestling knowledge and commentary. Andy is as much a fan of 1985 Jim Crockett Promotions as he is present-day AEW and WWE - just don't make him choose between the two.