Things are back to normal with the WWE SmackDown ratings and viewership this week. After last week’s shocking defeat of RAW in the ratings between the brands, SmackDown Live fell back below the flagship show this week, drawing 2.596 million viewers. This is down 10% from last week’s 2.885 million viewers. Last week’s show was the first time SmackDown had defeated RAW in ratings and viewership in over a decade.
This week, the blue brand featured the contract signing between AJ Styles and John Cena for their WWE World Title match at the Royal Rumble. Baron Corbin inserted himself into the Royal Rumble and the WWE World Title picture. And, the show also saw The Miz and Dean Ambrose fight it out over the WWE Intercontinental Title, which Ambrose won following a “controversial” ref call concerning Maryse.
SmackDown Live was #10 for the night on cable in viewership, behind The Have & Have Nots, Curse of Oak Island, Fixer Upper, Hannity, The O’Reilly Factor, The Kelly File, Tucker Carlson, Special Report, and The Five. The show was #3 in the 18-49 demographic, behind The Have & Have Nots and Curse of Oak Island. SmackDown Live scored a .88 cable rating in the 18-49 demographic for Tuesday night’s episode.
Source: ShowBuzz Daily