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October 6, 2009

Ben Roethlisberger scores for Raw

Going up against the toughest competition that he will face until he stands across from the Baltimore Ravens’ defense on Nov. 29, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger more than held his own.

With Roethlisberger as guest host of Raw Monday night, the show held up remarkably well going head-to-head with the “Monday Night Football” game between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers on ESPN that was the most-watched show in cable television history.

Raw did a 3.3 rating, which was up from the 3.1 rating of last week’s show that was hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton. WWE has to be very happy with that number.

It looks as if Steeler Nation was more interested in seeing their QB ham it up with WWE talent than watching Brett Favre’s grudge match against his former team.

Posted by Kevin Eck at 6:51 PM | | Comments (7)


Yikes, I hope no one in WWE misconstrues that number to think that the boost was due to after-the-fact interest in Sunday's pay-per-view.

Although it may be interesting if they credit the boost to Randy Orton's regaining the WWE championship, especially if there are plans to put John Cena back on top in less than 3 weeks.

There are countless ways to interpret the number, but I hope those in power take it to mean that the guest host format works for RAW right now. Whether the host is a winner or not, I love the variety of it!

The best part of the show was seeing 2 RAVENS fans in the FRONT ROW!

Big Ben probably wishes he hadn't "scored " in that Nevada hotel .

really interesting number especially if we believe reports from various sites that say 21.3 million people watched MNF(a 14.2 rating).

Raw is here the day after Pitt. Please tell me McMahon Jr that no Raven will be hosting!

I wouldn't say Steeler Nation was more interested in seeing their QB on Raw than watching the Monday Night game. Last week's show probably lost a lot of viewers because people think Al Sharpton is "racist". You throw out last week's show, and this was the lowest rated Raw with a guest host. So all of the Steeler Nation that usually watch MNF probably still did, plus some more of the WWE's audience.

well kev im in australia and it made the sports news here it showd big show linning up against the players and then backing down

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