WWE Clash At The Castle did not bring in any new viewers for WWE Raw’s Labor Day edition, but all was not lost for WWE on Monday. Wrestlenomics released Labor Day programming viewership data, and the September 7 episode of Raw drew 2,094,000 viewers, a 3% decline from the prior Monday. The main demographic fell slightly, with 757,000 viewers watching, a 2% drop totaling a 0.58 18-49 rating.
Raw ranked second in cable originals for the 18-49 age group and third in broadcast primetime, trailing only The Bachelorette (0.73 18-49 rating) & NCAA Football on ESPN (1.36 18-49 rating). The big plus for Raw is how significant a distinction a year makes. Last year’s Labor Day show drew 1,849,000 viewers, and therefore this week’s Raw is up 12% in viewer numbers. The same for the core demo, as Raw had such a 0.52 18-49 rating last year, 10% lower than this week.
Braun Strowman, who reportedly returned to WWE Raw, ran through brand’s tag division. Fans also witnessed the rebirth of Dominik Mysterio, as Rhea Ripley of The Judgement Day transformed Rey Mysterio’s son into a man. Dominik also assisted Damian Priest in defeating his father in singles action, and the main event featured The Miz vs. Bobby Lashley for United States Championship inside a steel cage. Miz attempted to escape the cage, but his attempt was impeded when he noticed Dexter Lumis waiting for him beneath the ring apron.
WWE has held a few massive SummerSlam events in the past, including the 1992 SummerSlam in England’s Wembley Stadium and last year’s SummerSlam in Las Vegas, Nevada’s newly built Allegiant Stadium. However, despite their importance, those example proves to pale in contrast to the achievement of this year’s event in Nashville, Tennessee.
WWE revealed this morning in a press release sent by new WWE co-CEO Stephanie McMahon that this past weekend’s SummerSlam has been the most watched SummerSlam in the 35 years the promotion has run the summer extravaganza. Though no figures were provided for the number of people who watched the PLE on Peacock, the event was attended by 48,449 people in Nashville’s Nissan Stadium.