Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Big Plans For RAW Superstar, Smackdown Viewership

Big Plans For RAW Superstar, Smackdown Viewership
- This week's WWE SmackDown, featuring fallout from Crown Jewel and the first major build for Survivor Series with Samoa Joe vs. Jeff Hardy in the main event, drew 2.088 million viewers.

This is down 1% from last week's 2.110 million viewers and the fourth least-watched show since the blue brand moved to Tuesday nights.

SmackDown was #24 in viewership for the night on cable, behind College Basketball on ESPN, College Football Rankings, The Five, Your World and Fox & Friends, plus 18 shows related to Election Night coverage on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC. Election Night coverage dominated cable for the night. SmackDown was #17 in the 18-49 demographic this week, behind College Basketball, College Football Rankings and 14 shows related to Election Night coverage. Election Night programming also dominated network TV.

In comparison, Monday's WWE RAW drew 2.441 million viewers, down from last week's 2.472 million viewers for the post-Evolution and pre-Crown Jewel episode.

- WWE officials still have major plans for Drew McIntyre in 2019, according to the @WrestleVotes Twitter account, which has revealed several scoops in the past year or so. The "big push" for Drew is reportedly beginning now as he feuds with Braun Strowman. WWE officials have been high on McIntyre for months.



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