4/14 WWE Smackdown TV Ratings – Thursday’s show dips, how did it compare to Cena’s new show?

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor


This week’s WWE Smackdown drew almost exactly the same number of viewers as John Cena’s new “American Grit” show on Fox…

WWE Smackdown TV Ratings Tracking

April 14: Thursday’s Smackdown scored a 1.70 rating, down from a 1.75 rating last week.

Smackdown drew 2.355 million viewers, down four percent from 2.444 million viewers last week for the post-WrestleMania episode.

Smackdown’s cable TV audience was nearly identical to the season premiere of Fox’s “American Grit” hosted by John Cena, which drew a final audience of 2.35 million viewers on broadcast TV.

– DEMOGRAPHICS: Smackdown’s demo ratings were up and down compared to last week. Adults 18-49 was identical, males 18-34 was slightly down, and males 18-49 was slightly up to a four-week high.

– Overall, Smackdown continues to underperform compared to last year on Syfy, two years ago on Friday nights on Syfy, and the First Quarter of this year.

During the first quarter, Smackdown averaged a 1.77 rating and 2.481 million viewers, mainly on the strength of January episodes. Smackdown has not topped a 1.77 rating since February 4.

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