Saturday, July 4, 2020

AJ Styles On WWE IC Title Win, Big Drop in Smackdown Viewership

AJ Styles On WWE IC Title Win, Big Drop in Smackdown Viewership
- Friday's WWE SmackDown drew an average of 1.777 million viewers in the overnight ratings, according to Showbuzz Daily.

Hour one drew 1.797 million viewers, then hour two went down to 1.756 million viewers.

SmackDown also drew an average of 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic, which was tied for #2 for the night with The Wall and Shark Tank. Dateline was at the top with a 0.5 rating.

If the number holds up, it would be down 18.3% in viewership from last Friday's SmackDown episode, which drew an average of 2.174 million viewers with a 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

This would also be the lowest rated SmackDown since the brand moved to FOX last October as the Fourth of July holiday weekend is likely a contributor to the drop. Click here for our Viewership Tracker.

- At Smackdown, WWE Intercontinental Champion AJ Styles retained his title against Drew Gulak. After the match, Styles spoke with WWE and he said there was never a doubt about him keeping the championship.

"Never a doubt, you see that last match I had with Gulak, it was a fluke," Styles said. "Everybody knows that! Everybody. If I do what I do best — and that's get in that ring and perform — I cannot be beat. I think most of these guys are jealous because I'm going to have this championship for as long as I want."



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