Wednesday, May 1, 2019

SmackDown Segment Botched, SmackDown Viewership Drops To Under 2 Million

SmackDown Segment Botched, SmackDown Viewership Drops To Under 2 Million
- Tuesday’s WWE Smackdown Live averaged 1.833 million viewers for USA Network, according to Showbuzzdaily.com. The number was down from the 2.072 million count from last Tuesday’s edition.

WWE has a real problem. The numbers for Raw and Smackdown continue to fall and Raw is widely regarded as a creative mess. Smackdown finished seventh in the 18-49 demographic behind the NBA and NHL playoffs, Curse of Oak Island, and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. The May 1, 2018 edition of Smackdown delivered 2.436 million viewers.

- As noted, last night's WWE SmackDown saw The Hardy Boys vacate the SmackDown Tag Team Titles due to Jeff Hardy's leg injury and upcoming surgery. We have a full update on Hardy's status at this link. The segment saw Lars Sullivan, who is being blamed for the injury, interrupt to attack The Hardys once again, and R-Truth after he tried to make the save. The segment was botched but you may not have noticed it at first. (H/T to Post Wrestling.)

As Lars turned from Jeff and went to finish off Truth, Hardy left the screen and went to the outside of the ring. Lars attacked Truth and then left the ring to make his exit and that's when Hardy could be seen laid out on the floor, face down. Jeff was never attacked on the outside but he was selling an attack that never happened. It looks like there was some kind of miscommunication at the end of the angle.


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