Wednesday, July 17, 2019

SmackDown Draws Best Viewership Since April

SmackDown Draws Best Viewership Since April
This week's edition of SmackDown, featuring fallout from Extreme Rules with Dolph Ziggler vs. Kevin Owens in the main event, drew 2.122 million viewers.

This is up a whopping 15% from last week's 1.853 million viewers, which was the third-lowest SmackDown audience for a non-holiday first-run episode in history. This is the best blue brand viewership since the April 16 Superstar Shakeup episode, which drew 2.219 million viewers. The last regular episodes to do better were the April 2 episode, which drew 2.141 million viewers, and the post-WrestleMania 35 show, which drew 2.199 million viewers. This is the first episode to draw over 2 million since the June 4 episode, which drew 2.016 million viewers.

This week's SmackDown featured several notable matches and segments advertised ahead of time, including Shane McMahon's Town Hall meeting and a career-altering announcement from Daniel Bryan, among others. There was also extra buzz going into this show as it was believed that new SmackDown Executive Director Eric Bischoff would be taking over this week, but that wasn't the case.

To compare, Monday's post-Extreme Rules edition of RAW drew an average of 2.453 million viewers, up from last week's 2.352 million viewers.

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