Everyone was bracing for it, and the numbers are in. This week's RAW drew the lowest audience in the show's history while competing against the Presidential Debate and Monday Night Football.
According to Showbuzz Daily, the September 26 episode of RAW drew 2.478 million viewers. This is down 7.7% from last week's 2.684 million viewers. The show started off with their most watched hour since NFL football started earlier this month, drawing 2.850 million viewers. However, the second hour dropped 17% to 2.381 million viewers once the debate started. The audience continued to fall, drawing 2.203 million viewers for the third hour.
The show featured two title matches: U.S. Champion Roman Reigns against Rusev and WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day against Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. The show was contained the fallout from WWE Clash of Champions with a main event consisting of Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. Chris Jericho and WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens.
RAW was #15 on cable for the night in viewership, behind the NFL's Monday Night Football, the US Presidential debate with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, as well as various programs that covered the debate. RAW was #11 in the 18-49 demographic. The first hour of RAW drew a 0.97 rating while hours 2 and 3 drew a 0.79 and 0.74 rating, respectively. The debate drew almost 30 million viewers while the NFL drew 8 million viewers.