Smackdown Rating: Crushes NBA game head-to-head in total viewership, but falls behind Maddow and Hannity, key metrics compared to last years

By Wade Keller, PWTorch editor


WWE Smackdown on USA Network on Tuesday night drew a 1.58 rating, getting a small post-Royal Rumble from the previous week’s average of 1.54. It was the highest rating since Dec. 18. Smackdown doesn’t experience the same post-NFL season bump that Raw does because it doesn’t face football competition on Monday nights from September through December. Smackdown ended January with a 1.50 average rating.

One year ago this week Smackdown drew a 1.73 rating and two years ago it drew a 1.72 rating. Smackdown is definitely at a new “baseline” rating level now compared to the prior two years.


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Total viewership was 2.137 million. In total viewership, it finished fourth, behind “Curse of Oak Island” on History Channel, “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC, and “Hannity” on Fox News which drew 3.555 million, 3.227 million, and 2.826 million respectively.

In total viewers head-to-head with the NBC’s New Orleans Pelicans vs. Houston Rockets game, it drew decisively more viewers – 2.137 million vs. 1.556 million.

In the key 18-49 demographic, it ranked no. 2 behind “Curse of Oak Island” which drew a 0.8 rating and tied with the NBA game later that night on TNT between the L.A. Lakers and 76ers, with a 0.7 rating.


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