Smackdown Rating: Viewership falls below 2 million, rating drops below 1.40, still top show of evening in 18-49 demo

By Wade Keller, PWTorch editor

Tuesday night’s WWE Smackdown Live drew a 1.39 rating, a sharp decline from normal levels lately. The ten week rolling average headed into this week was 1.56. The 2018 average so far was 1.66. Total viewership fell below 2 million (1.948 million) for the first time, meaning both Raw and Smackdown this week reached all-time low ratings.

Despite the sharp decline in overall viewers, in the 18-49 demographic, Smackdown tied for first place with a 0.7 rating according to a chart published at TV By the Numbers. Bravo’s “Below Deck” and History Channel’s “Curse of Oak Island” finished tied for the top two spots. The next best rating in that demo was a 0.4 for “Chrisley Knows Best” on USA that followed Smackdown, with 1.093 million viewers overall.

What negative vibes exist with Raw’s show’s quality, Smackdown isn’t faring better despite the lack of a Baron Corbin evil G.M. storyline and no absence of a major star (as with Raw losing Roman Reigns). WWE as an overall product is losing viewers at the most rapid rate dating back 15 years.

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