Television ratings for WWE and TNA programming from August 18 to August 22.
WWE RAW: The 8/18 show drew a 3.04 cable rating with an average audience of 4.19 million viewers. The only sports competition the show went up against as an NFL preseason game on ESPN between the Browns and Redskins (6.90 million viewers). It ended up as the most watched preseason in five years. They had another trend of viewers increasing from hour one to hour two and then dropping off in the third hour. The first hour drew 4.28 million viewers, the second hour drew 4.33 million viewers and the third hour drew 3.97 million viewers. The show still performed strongly among the top 25 shows on cable that week coming in the top 10 at No. 6, No. 7 and No. 9.
TNA Impact Wrestling: The 8/20 “Hardcore Justice” show drew a 0.65 cable rating with 852,000 viewers in the first show in the new Wednesday night time slot. The same time slot the week prior on Spike TV showing “The Expendables” drew 899,000 viewers. In demographics the show drew a 0.47 among males 18-34 and 0.79 among males 35-49.
WWE Smackdown: The 8/22 show drew a 1.79 cable rating with 2.46 million viewers. That was the lowest rating for Smackdown in six weeks on Syfy. Despite the drop, it came in at No. 1 that Thursday night on cable.