It’s not the biggest jump in the world, but the first episode of Raw since the Brand Extension went into effect scored decent ratings, bringing in even more viewers than the Draft episode of Smackdown last week. Overall, the show average 3.34 million viewers and a 1.23 rating in the 18-49 demographic. While the viewership did suffer its usual drop over the length of the show, it did manage to maintain more viewers than expected against the heavy-hitting speakers of the Democratic National Convention, Michelle Obama and Bernie Sanders. Hopefully, the fact that viewers who tuned in saw one of the best shows in months will help WWE reverse the trend of sagging ratings in the weeks ahead. Raw finished fourth overall among original cable programming for the evening, behind DNC coverage on CNN and Love and Hip-Hop on VH-1.
Hour 1 (8-9 PM): 3.41 million viewers, 1.24 demo rating
Hour 2 (9-10 PM): 3.35 million viewers, 1.24 demo rating
Hour 3 (10-11 PM + overrun): 3.25 million viewers, 1.21 demo rating
All numbers are courtesy of Showbuzz Daily