TV VIEWERSHIP – WWE Smackdown Second Quarter 2016 – Live & DVR viewing totals & averages

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor



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WWE Smackdown TV & DVR Viewership
Second Quarter 2016

WWE Smackdown had a rough performance in the second quarter on USA Network, highlighting the need for a drastic shake-up. Enter the roster split and going live in the third quarter.

Compared to the First Quarter, Smackdown dipped 9.0 percent in TV ratings, 10.7 percent in TV viewership, and 10.9 percent in total audience (adding in DVR viewing).

VIEWERSHIP

– Smackdown averaged a 1.61 TV rating in Q2, down 9.0 percent from a 1.77 rating in Q1.

The peak rating was a 1.75 on April 7 for the post-WrestleMania show, so no episode of Smackdown in Q2 topped the Q1 average.

The low point was an historically-low 1.51 rating on June 9.

– The first-run airings on Thursday night averaged 2.216 million viewers, down 10.7 percent (about 265,000 viewers) from 2.481 million during the First Quarter.

– DVR viewership was 209,833 per episode, down from 223,846 in Q1. So, there was not a make-up in the original viewership decline.

– TOTAL VIEWERSHIP was 2.410 million viewers, down 10.9 percent (about 300,000 viewers) from 2.705 million viewers in Q1.

DEMOGRAPHICS

– Even more than TV ratings, DVR viewing, and total viewership, Smackdown was hit hard in the key demographics.

Notably, Smackdown’s biggest tumble was among younger viewers…

  • Males 18-34 averaged 0.58 rating, down 24 percent from 0.76 in Q1.
  • Males 18-49 averaged 0.74 rating, down 18 percent from 0.89 in Q1.
  • Adults 18-49 averaged 0.66 rating, down 13 percent from 0.76 in Q1.
SmackdownSDlogo600 2016 WWE SMACKDOWN VIEWERSHIP TOTALS
USA Network
Wk Date Note Rating Live DVR TOTAL VIEWERS % Chg
1 1/7/16 USA debut 1.93 2,757,000 196,000 2,953,000
2 1/14/16 1.68 2,332,000 213,000 2,545,000 -13.8%
3 1/21/16 Season High 1.87 2,757,000 232,000 2,989,000 +17.4%
4 1/28/16 Post-RR 1.87 2,720,000 250,000 2,970,000 -0.6%
5 2/4/16 1.86 2,664,000 231,000 2,895,000 -2.5%
6 2/11/16 1.72 2,414,000 240,000 2,654,000 -8.3%
7 2/18/16 Brock pre-FL 1.76 2,458,000 221,000 2,679,000 +0.9%
8 2/25/16  Post-FL 1.74 2,395,000 258,000 2,653,000 -1.0%
9 3/3/16 1.76 2,491,000 220,000 2,711,000 +2.2%
10 3/10/16 Season Low 1.64 2,186,000 226,000 2,412,000 -11.0%
11 3/17/16 1.71 2,260,000 262,000 2,522,000 +4.6%
12 3/24/16 Brock 1.75 2,501,000 220,000 2,721,000 +7.9%
13 3/31/16 Pre-WM32 1.66 2,328,000 141,000 2,469,000 -9.3%
FIRST QUARTER AVERAGE 1.77 2,481,769 223,846 2,705,615
Wk Date Note Rating Live DVR TOTAL VIEWERS % Chg
14 4/7/16 Post-WM32 1.75 2,444,000 229,000 2,673,000 +8.3%
15 4/14/16 1.70 2,355,000 183,000 2,538,000 -5.1%
16 4/21/16 U.K. SD 1.71 2,431,000 165,000 2,596,000 +2.3%
17 4/28/16 Pre-PPV 1.54 2,109,000
(Yr-Low)
219,000 2,328,000
(Yr-Low)
-10.3%
18 5/5/16 Post-PPV 1.65 2,346,000 217,000 2,563,000 +10.1%
19 5/12/16 1.59 2,262,000 200,000 2,462,000 -3.9%
20 5/19/16 Pre-PPV 1.62 2,295,000 225,000 2,520,000 +2.4%
21 5/26/16 Post-PPV 1.57 2,112,000 n/r Incomplete
22 6/2/16 1.59 2,169,000 198,000 2,367,000 n/a
23 6/9/16 Year Low 1.51 1,996,000 220,000 2,216,000 -6.4%
24 6/16/16 Pre-PPV 1.56 2,073,000 244,000 2,317,000 +4.6%
25 6/23/16 Post-PPV 1.58 2,145,000 233,000 2,378,000 +2.6%
26 6/30/16 1.52 2,080,000 185,000 2,265,000 -4.8%
SECOND QUARTER AVERAGE 1.61 2,216,692 209,833 2,410,385 -10.9%

 

1 Comment on TV VIEWERSHIP – WWE Smackdown Second Quarter 2016 – Live & DVR viewing totals & averages

  1. Half of Smackdown is repeated Raw content – hopefully once it becomes a proper show again, everything will pick up.

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