This week’s WWE SmackDown, featuring fallout from WWE Backlash, drew 2.293 million viewers. This is down from last week’s 2.436 million viewers, which was the lowest viewership of 2018 until now. This is the lowest SmackDown viewership going back to the Halloween 2017 episode, which drew 2.119 million viewers. The last non-holiday SmackDown episode to draw lower was the June 13th, 2017 episode, which drew 2.072 million viewers.
SmackDown featured a Money In the Bank qualifying match with Rusev and Daniel Bryan as this week’s main event.
SmackDown was #10 in viewership for the night on cable, behind two airings of the NBA Playoffs, Hannity, Rachel Maddow, Tucker Carlson, The Ingraham Angle, Last Word, Special Report and The Five. SmackDown was #4 in the 18-49 demographic, behind the NBA airings and Inside The NBA Playoffs.
The NBA Playoffs topped the night with almost 9 million viewers across both airings.
In comparison, Monday’s RAW drew 2.689 million viewers, down from last week’s 3.066 million viewers and is the lowest viewership of 2018. This was also the lowest RAW viewership going back to December 11th, 2017, which drew 2.684 million viewers.
Below is our 2018 SmackDown Viewership Tracker:
January 2nd Episode: 2.720 million viewers
January 9th Episode: 2.603 million viewers
January 16th Episode: 2.602 million viewers
January 23rd Episode: 2.580 million viewers
January 30th Episode: 2.509 million viewers (Post-Royal Rumble Episode)
February 6th Episode: 2.505 million viewers
February 13th Episode: 2.449 million viewers
February 20th Episode: 2.613 million viewers
February 27th Episode: 2.692 million viewers
March 6th Episode: 2.590 million viewers
March 13th Episode: 2.771 million viewers (post-Fastlane episode)
March 20th Episode: 2.888 million viewers
March 27th Episode: 2.576 million viewers
April 3rd Episode: 2.467 million viewers
April 10th Episode: 2.952 million viewers (post-WrestleMania 34 episode)
April 17th Episode: 2.796 million viewers (Superstar Shakeup episode)
April 24th Episode: 2.549 million viewers
May 1st Episode: 2.436 million viewers
May 8th Episode: 2.293 million viewers (post-Backlash episode)
May 15th Episode:
2017 Total: 132.401 million viewers
2017 Average: 2.546 million viewers per episode