The WWE SmackDown ratings data and viewership information are in for this week’s show, and the blue brand saw their numbers dip after a nice increase for last week’s episode. Last night’s show, which was the go-home episode for this Sunday’s Hell In A Cell PPV and featured Kevin Owens leaving Shane McMahon laying, Jinder Mahal leaving Shinsuke Nakamura laying, and the final build for both the SmackDown Women’s and Tag Team Championship matches on Sunday, drew 2.323 million viewers. This is down from last week’s 2.542 million viewers.
It’s never a good sign when the go-home show for any PPV doesn’t bring in more viewers than a regular episode does. Of course, last night’s show wasn’t exactly great, but still, this was WWE’s last shot at building HIAC. And, like RAW, the numbers for last night’s show are the lowest since mid-June.
SmackDown Live was #9 in viewership on cable for the night, falling behind MLB on ESPN, Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Fox News Tonight, The Five, The Story, Fox & Friends, and Special Report. SmackDown Live was #3 in the 18-49 demographic, falling behind the MLB and American Horror Story.
The blue brand drew a .74 cable rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic last night; this is down from last week’s .82 cable rating in the same demographic.