We’re not quite going to go all the way and say that “KO=Ratings”, but the main event of Raw this week, which featured Kevin Owens defeating Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Big Cass (with a little help from a rogue Triple H) to win the Universal Title was notable for a couple of different reasons. First of all, for the first time in a long time, the third hour of Raw did not lose a significant number of viewers, and actually gained viewers when compared to the opening hour (which is usually the strongest). Second of all, the higher number of third hour viewers helped Raw to its highest numbers since mid-June, even better than the post-SummerSlam Raw last week. Overall, Raw averaged 3.41 million viewers and a 1.17 rating in the 18-49 demographic. While the demo rating was slightly down from last week, it was still good enough to give Raw the win among original cable programming for the evening.

Hourly Breakdown

Hour 1 (8-9 PM): 3.39 million viewers, 1.14 demo rating
Hour 2 (9-10 PM): 3.43 million viewers, 1.17 demo rating
Hour 3 (10-11 PM + overrun): 3.41 million viewers, 1.21 demo rating

Ratings numbers are courtesy of ShowbuzzDaily