Looks like the "Returning Attraction Era" hasn't exactly been boosting ratings beyond normal levels.
The ratings are in for last night's (Aug. 20, 2012) episode of WWE Monday Night Raw, which featured all the fallout from the SummerSlam pay-per-view (PPV) event this past Sunday evening, and they're at the usual level, averaging 4.48 million viewers for the full three hour program on the USA network.
The first hour averaged 4.35 million viewers, the second garnered 4.66 million before the third settled on 4.43 million. The strong opening hour can be attributed to fans wanting to tune in to see the results and fallout from SummerSlam, as well as Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman opening the show.
Unfortunately, the last hour dipped with nothing left to keep the casual viewer tuned in. The show closing angle ran 15 minutes over the hour with CM Punk and John Cena continuing their issues and teasing a singles match at Night of Champions next month. Jerry Lawler also found himself caught up in the action with Punk attacking him and squatting over his body to close the show.
Maybe we won't get a program between Punk and Lawler after all. No complaints here.