People prefer to watch opinionated cable news on Tuesday nights. SmackDown Live saw a very small dip in its viewership last night. The July 26 episode of SmackDown Live averaged 2.535 million viewers, which was enough to be number three for the night behind MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show (2.799 million viewers) and Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Tonight (2.544 million viewers).
Last night’s SmackDown Live was the first show since Sunday’s Battleground show that saw The New Day become SmackDown Tag Team Champions and Kevin Owens as the new United States Champion. During SmackDown Live, Chris Jericho made his surprise return and competed against Owens and AJ Styles for the United States Championship in the show’s main event. Styles was victorious and is now in his second United States Championship reign.
Yesterday’s show also featured John Cena challenging WWE Champion Jinder Mahal, but instead Cena will have to compete against Shinsuke Nakamura next week to determine the No. 1 contender for Mahal’s title at SummerSlam.
Not only did SmackDown Live lose in overall viewership but it also lost in the lucrative 18-49 year-old ratings demographic. SmackDown Live averaged a 0.77 rating in that key demo, just narrowly losing to Discovery Channel’s Sharks and the City: LA’s 0.78 rating.
As Top Rope Press reported, RAW also encountered a small viewership drop from last week’s 3.153 million viewers to this week’s 3.067 million viewers.