Last night’s WWE Smackdown on USA Network drew a 1.96 rating and 2.888 million viewers, which was above last week’s 1.90 rating and 2.771 million viewers, which was at the time the highest rating and viewership of the year. This came close to a 2.00 rating, which Smackdown hasn’t seen since Apr. 11 last year. This was the first time the rating exceeded 1.90 since Apr. 11 last year.
One year ago Smackdown drew a 1.79 rating and two years ago it drew a 1.75 rating. The rating increase is likely a result of the social media and website headlines about Daniel Bryan’s return.
The monthly average for Smackdown so far is 1.85, above the 1.74 and 1.75 ratings the first two months of this year.