The ratings are in for this week’s WWE SmackDown Live. Following an incredibly disappointing number drawn by RAW on Monday night, SmackDown didn’t do any better. This week’s show drew 2.072 million viewers, down from 2.349 million last week (and 2.350 million two weeks ago).
There’s really no sugar-coating this number. It’s bad. Real bad. Especially considering this was the go-home show for a PPV, Monday In The Bank this Sunday. There was also no competition from the NBA or NHL this week, so there’s really no built in excuse for such a falloff in viewers. The show drew the second lowest viewership since the brand split. The only show to do worse, November 8, was the night of the U.S. presidential election.
In the 18-49 age group demographic, SmackDown was number two for the night on cable behind ESPN. The show drew a 0.63 rating in that demographic. In terms of pure viewership, SmackDown ranked 14th for the night on cable.
We will update this post with the final cable broadcast rating for SmackDown this week when it becomes available.