Well, things could have been worse this week, as Raw viewership stayed at the low numbers it brought in last week, falling well below 3 million viewers and giving Smackdown another shot at beating them in the fake ratings war. However, the good news, if there is any, is that the number didn’t drop even further against the start of the new fall season of network TV, which included the debut of ratings juggernauts The Big Bang Theory and The Voice, as well as several other popular shows. In addition, the viewership stayed fairly consistent for all three hours, which could actually be a good thing for the new Cruiserweight Division, which was heavily promoted and took up a large portion of the third hour. Overall, the show averaged 2.68 million viewers and a 0.91 rating in the 18-49 demographic, good for fourth place overall among original cable programming for the evening.
Hour 1 (8-9 PM): 2.73 million viewers, 0.93 demo rating
Hour 2 (9-10 PM): 2.69 million viewers, 0.90 demo rating
Hour 3 (10-11 PM + Overrun): 2.63 million viewers, 0.91 demo rating
Numbers are courtesy of ShowBuzzDaily.com