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Interest in Triple H’s SummerSlam follow-up gave Raw its biggest audience in two years

There was some interest in the first Raw after Triple H was named head of WWE creative last Monday, but an extremely well received SummerSlam show really generated excitement for the Aug. 1 episode.

It was reflected in the numbers. Raw averaged 2.23 million across its three hours last night. That’s the biggest viewership since Mar. 20, 2020 — the first empty arena show of the pandemic era. The show averaged a .61 rating among 18-49 year olds, the best number since the Raw after WrestleMania 38.

WWE easily won the night on cable for USA, with each of Raw’s three hours in 1st - 3rd place. The latest of AMC’s final Better Call Saul episodes drew a .36 to finish a distant 4th. Raw finished second on all of television; the only thing on broadcast to beat it was The Bachelorette’s .72 for ABC.

Here’s the hourly breakdown for total viewers and 18-49, which followed the usual pattern, just with bigger numbers:

Hour One: 2.43 million / .65
Hour Two: 2.29 million / .62
Hour Three: 1.97 million / .56

Will they be able to sustain interest going forward?

For complete results and this week’s Raw live blog click here. To read a recap & review of the night’s events click here. For video highlights of the show click here.

Numbers via Showbuzz Daily