Monday Night RAW is the longest-running weekly episodic television show on cable today. It was created by Vince McMahon for the USA Network. The show debuted on January 11, 1993, with a positive reception amongst wrestling fans, and the show has been one of the highest-rated cable TV programs for over 10 years. The show became famous for its live format and "pushing the envelop" of what was acceptable in wrestling. The show truly defined the term "sports entertainment." It is currently the flagship broadcast for World Wrestling Entertainment with almost 1,000 original episodes to its credit.
RAW started amidst the "New Generation" campaign as a 60-minute program but, through the Monday Night Wars, it ushered in the "Attitude" era and expanded to over 2 hours in length. In October 2000, RAW started airing its programs on Spike TV, but RAW returned to the USA Network five years later after the contract between WWE and Viacom expired.
In April 2002, World Wrestling Entertainment split its roster into separate brands. RAW has always been known as the "red brand." These days, Monday Night RAW is the preferred show for fans that want to enjoy all aspects of sports entertainment, from the wrestling to comedy to drama to celebrity appearances whereas Friday Night Smackdown ("the blue brand") is seen more as a more strict wrestling broadcast.