As reported earlier this week, Monday’s 1,000th RAW celebration did a 3.86 overall rating with 6.04 million viewers, WWE’s best-ever rating for a 3-hour RAW. The final two hours, RAW’s old timeslot, did a a 4.03 rating and 6.31 million viewers.
The open segment featuring an appearance from Vince McMahon and the DX reunion did 5.58 million viewers, a very strong showing for the typically-weak first hour of 3-hour broadcasts. In another surprising development, the second quarter hour then gained another 27,000 viewers. The six-man with Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara and Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler and Chris Jericho and the Charlie Sheen interview lost 395,000 viewers.
Brodus Clay squashing Jack Swagger and the backstage segment with WWE Legends gained back 326,000 viewers. Daniel Bryan & AJ’s wedding at the top of hour two was the huge ratings winner for the night, gaining 616,000 viewers (3.91 rating). The Rock’s appearance with Punk & Daniel Bryan in the ring gained 575,000 viewers for a 4.28 quarter rating.
The Miz defeating Christian for the Intercontinental championship lost 895,000 viewers, losing the previous segments’ big spike in viewership.
The SummerSlam Challenge segment featuring Triple H, Paul Heyman and Stephanie McMahon gained 334,000 viewers. Brock Lesnar’s brawl with Triple H gained 90,000 more viewers. Heath Slater’s Legends segment gained 25,000 viewers for a 3.99 quarter rating in a timeslot that usually loses a lot of viewers.
The Undertaker’s return with Kane gained 293,000 viewers. WWE Champion CM Punk vs. John Cena with The Rock and Big Show appearing gained 389,000 viewers and peaked the show with a 4.43 overrun rating.
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(Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter)