Viewership for this week’s episode of SmackDown Live goes down slightly by generating an average of 2.602 million viewers. This is slightly down from last week’s 2.603 million viewers. This week’s show featured the finals of the United States Title Tournament in which Bobby Roode defeated Jinder Mahal to be crowned the new United States Champion. This week’s show lacked appearances by top stars such as Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. WWE Champion AJ Styles did appear but only for a backstage segment.
SmackDown was #7 in viewership for this week on cable, behind Curse of Oak Island, Fixer Upper, Rachel Maddow, Hannity, Tucker Carlson and The Five. SmackDown was #2 in the 18-49 demographic, behind Curse of Oak Island.
In comparison, last Monday’s RAW drew 3.250 million viewers, up from last week’s 2.766 million viewers and the best viewership since August 28th of last year. It topped SmackDown viewership by 25%.
Below is SmackDown Live’s viewership numbers for the rest of 2018:
January 2nd Episode: 2.720 million viewers
January 9th Episode: 2.603 million viewers
January 16th Episode: 2.602 million viewers