The early afternoon announcement of Daniel Bryan’s retirement translated into all eyes on WWE, as Raw viewership was up over 10% from the previous week, and in a rare occurrence, up from the ratings from the same week last year. While it did not match the high from a couple of weeks ago, where the show broke 4 million for the first time in a long time, it still averaged 3.7 million viewers and a 1.37 rating in the 18-49 demographic. As usual, the show did see a drop in the third hour, but it should be noted that the overrun, which featured Daniel Bryan’s retirement speech, was far longer than normal, meaning that the numbers for the final hour are actually the average of nearly a full hour and a half of programming.
Hour 1 (8-9 PM): 3.9 million viewers, 1.37 demo rating
Hour 2 (9-10 PM): 3.9 million viewers, 1.41 demo rating
Hour 3 (10-11 PM + overrun): 3.4 million viewers. 1.32 demo rating