The first Raw after an action-packed SummerSlam weekend (and, coincidentally, the first Raw after the end of the Summer Olympics) was very successful for WWE, despite losing the first Universal Champion only a day after he won the title. The show, which focused around a series of matches to determine contenders for the vacant title, as well as the debut of Bayley and the retirement of the Dudley Boyz, averaged 3.32 million viewers and a 1.25 rating in the 18-49 demographics, a significant jump from the last couple of weeks, which have averaged below 3 million viewers, and the highest viewership since June. The show did have its usual third hour nosedive, dropping over 250k viewers, but still did well enough to finish #1 among original cable programming for the evening.
Hour 1 (8-9 PM): 3.46 million viewers, 1.29 demo rating
Hour 2 (9-10 PM): 3.37 million viewers, 1.27 demo rating
Hour 3 (10-11 PM + overrun): 3.11 million viewers, 1.18 demo rating
All numbers are courtesy of ShowbuzzDaily.com.