WWE SmackDown ratings up slightly, still below two million viewers
Coming off another record-low Raw rating, SmackDown was actually up slightly this week. SmackDown rose one percent to 1.977 million viewers on Tuesday night.
Given that SmackDown had a higher-than-usual 90 percent audience retention from Monday’s Raw, it would indicate a higher-than-usual interest in something on the show. This was likely either the Daniel Bryan vs. Mustafa Ali match to kick off the show or the WrestleMania rematch between Charlotte Flair and Asuka with Becky Lynch at ringside that closed the episode.
SmackDown did fall out of the top 10 in overall cable viewership for the second straight week, finishing 12th. SmackDown was also once again out of the top spot in the 18-49 demo, finishing in third place with a 0.68 rating.
Year-over-year, the audience fell over 20 percent for the second week in a row. This is the last week for original network programming, so there may be an artificial bump in ratings next week. Though with Christmas Day and New Year’s Day both falling on a Tuesday this year, it would be expected that SmackDown would have record lows on those weeks.
Here’s a look at the last 10 weeks of SmackDown numbers and how they compare to the same week in 2017: