The WWE SmackDown ratings data and viewership information is in for this week’s show, and the blue brand gained some viewers this week after hitting a new low for 2017 with last week’s show. Last night’s episode, which featured the fallout from Backlash, the Women’s Division in tag team action, and Shinsuke Nakamura’s SmackDown Live in-ring debut, drew 2.328 million viewers. This is up 7% from last week’s 2.175 million viewers for the Backlash go-home show.
At this point time, with ratings and viewership seeming to hit new lows week in and week out, this week’s slight up-tick can be seen as good news for the WWE and its Tuesday night show.
SmackDown Live was #8 in viewership on cable for the night, falling behind the NBA Playoffs, Inside the NBA, Tucker Carlson, Rachel Maddow, Hannity, The Five, and Special Report. SmackDown Live was #3 in the 18-49 demographic, behind the NBA Playoffs and Inside the NBA. In the 18-49 demographic, last night’s episode drew a .80 cable rating. This is a nice increase in comparison to last week’s show, which drew a .68 rating in the same demographic.
It’s interesting to note that while RAW lost viewers this week, SmackDown Live managed to gain them. Maybe there’s something to be learned from quality over quanity.