Last night's (Aug. 19, 2013) episode of Monday Night Raw from Anaheim, California, was expected to do big numbers in the ratings, if only because it followed a highly anticipated SummerSlam pay-per-view (PPV) the evening before that featured a super compelling main event angle.
The ratings are in and the numbers look good. The show averaged 4.30 million viewers and over a 3.0 rating for all three hours. This despite going up against Monday Night Football on ESPN, though that was a preseason game that saw the Pittsburgh Steelers lose to the Washington Redskins (because of course they would). That game did 5.5 million viewers.
Here's the hourly breakdown for Raw:
Hour one: 4.08 million
Hour two: 4.49 million
Hour three: 4.33 million
It's unfortunate to see the numbers decline from the second to the third hour, seeing as the Randy Orton "Championship Coronation" was promoted so heavily throughout the show, but the numbers are still as good as could be expected for a show following a major PPV.