Week one without both John Cena and Sheamus around to help carry the load has to be considered a success, relatively speaking. The ratings are in for last night's (Aug. 26, 2013) episode of Monday Night Raw and WWE kept a decent amount of its audience from the SummerSlam fallout edition the week prior.
Indeed, the show averaged 4.19 million viewers and a 3.07 rating compared to 4.30 million viewers and a 3.24 rating last week.
Here's the hourly breakdown:
Hour one: 4.13 million
Hour two: 4.29 million
Hour three: 4.15 million
An important thing to note here is that if you aren't counting last week's show, which was guaranteed to bring in a good number thanks to it coming after a major pay-per-view (PPV) event, this was the highest rated episode of Raw in three months.
Actually, the first hour this week outperformed the first hour last week.
It's a good sign that viewers seem to be interested enough in the Daniel Bryan vs. The Machine storyline with Triple H heading the charge as the corporate overlord while The Shield act as his attack dogs and Randy Orton is his the man carrying his title. It's important to note there was no competition from the NFL this week, so we'll see how things hold up once Monday Night Football takes over ESPN in just two short weeks.