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WWE Raw ratings get a post-SummerSlam bump

With the bump coming from being the day after one of the big three WWE events of the year, last night's Raw did 3.09 million viewers, its best number since April 23.

The show peaked in hour two, but even with a 305,000 viewer third-hour drop, it was still the best third hour of the summer.

Raw was second to Hannity (3.24 million viewers) on cable, and beat the 10 p.m. hour on ABC, the 10 p.m. hour on CBS, the 10 p.m. hour on NBC, and FOX and CW programming. In the third hour, Raw beat everything on U.S. television except Elementary on CBS, which did 3.34 million viewers. And that show was available in far more homes, so the third hour of Raw as far as actual ratings for the hour, would have been the highest rated show on U.S. television, an extreme rarity in its history.

The MTV Video Music Awards,which probably prevented Raw from being even higher, did 2.25 million viewers.

The three hours were:

  • 8 p.m. 3.11 million viewers
  • 9 p.m. 3.24 million viewers
  • 10 p.m. 2.94 million viewers