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WWE News: SmackDown Live Rating Takes A Drop, Still Ranked #1 (8/7/18)



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For four straight weeks now, WWE’s SmackDown Live has steadily increased its viewership as we inch closer and closer to SummerSlam on August 19th. Despite this, the blue brand has yet to catch up with Monday Night RAW’s ratings, even on weeks when fans mostly believe SmackDown Live has been the better show. Did this week offer the same results?

Unfortunately, the answer is, “No”. This week’s episode of SmackDown Live came down to a 2.197, a decrease of 8.49% and as stated, the first time in a month where the rating did not move upward. Here’s a look at the last four weeks of ratings for the blue brand:

  • July 17th: 2.293
  • July 24th: 2.340
  • July 31st: 2.401
  • August 7th: 2.197

However, SmackDown Live has maintained its hold on the number one spot in the Cable Top 150 Rankings for the 18-49 demographic for the second straight week:

  1. SmackDown Live – USA Network – 0.73
  2. Below Deck Mediterranean – Bravo – 0.54
  3. Miz & Mrs – USA Network – 0.47
  4. Animal Kingdom – TNT – 0.44
  5. The Challenge: Final Reckoning – MTV – 0.41

Source: Showbuzz Daily

EA’s Take: I have to be honest here, I’m a big fan of the blue brand on a weekly basis, but this week felt lackluster to me. At this point, it feels as if we’re just killing time until SummerSlam. The main event of The New Day vs. The Bar was tremendously entertaining, but as we all know by now, the masses don’t tune in for the in-ring product. None of SmackDown Live’s biggest stars were in action this week (unless you want to make a case for Shinsuke Nakamura), as Jeff Hardy, Randy Orton, AJ Styles, The Miz, Daniel Bryan…none of them wrestled. We got a rematch from last week with Lana vs. Zelina Vega (another rough outing) and the aforementioned Nakamura taking on R-Truth, in addition to Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair vs. The IIconics. Real big lineup, right? Ultimately, with no real big name matches advertised ahead of time, there wasn’t much reason to tune into SmackDown Live this week. With next week being the go-home show for SummerSlam, I’d expect that in itself to increase the rating much as I think it will for RAW.


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WWE News: Another Match Made For TLC This Sunday



Randy Orton
WWE has added a Chairs Match to TLC on Sunday!

Just as SmackDown Live is about to go on the air (keep up with all the action with Mitchell’s Live Report), another match has been made official for Sunday’s TLC pay-per-view featuring two of the blue brand’s top Superstars.

After their recent encounters and the shocking unmasking, Rey Mysterio will have his shot at revenge against Randy Orton when they go one-on-one. However, it won’t be just any match as the two will clash in a Chairs Match:

Rey Mysterio and Randy Orton will pull out a chair (or two or 10) to settle their scorching rivalry, and the time and place for the hard-hitting encounter will be at WWE TLC, where they will go head to head (and swing for swing) in a Chairs Match.

The bitter hatred between these two Superstars fueled several jaw-dropping moments, including Orton viciously unmasking The Master of the 619 during the Nov. 20 edition of SmackDown LIVE. Given their chaotic brawls in recent weeks, nothing will come close to the battle that awaits them in this steel sharpens steel affair.

Will Mysterio capitalize on his moment for redemption? Or will The Apex Predator claim another “victim?” Don’t miss Mysterio and Orton swinging for the fences in what promises to be a chaotic Chairs Match at WWE TLC, Sunday, Dec. 16, streaming live at 7 ET/4 PT on the award-winning WWE Network.

Who do you think will get the win at TLC? Let us know on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!

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WWE News: RAW Viewership Drops Again, Back To 5th In Rankings (12/10/18)



A look at the ratings for last night’s WWE RAW!

After what could be described as two consecutive brutal ratings weeks for Monday Night RAW (yet still had a good 18-49 number and moved up in the top five rankings), the red brand looked to turn things around last night with its final episode before Sunday’s TLC pay-per-view.


While last night’s numbers were delayed today, they have now dropped and RAW comes in with an overall rating of 2.194, its third straight decrease and a fall of 4% from last week. Here’s how the last month’s worth of ratings look for the red brand:

  • November 19th: 2.493
  • November 26th: 2.368
  • December 3rd: 2.286
  • December 10th: 2.194

Meanwhile, this week is different when it comes to the ratings and rankings comparison, as last week’s show saw a drop in viewership, but was able to rise up a spot in the Cable Top 150 Rankings for the 18-49 demographic. This week, that’s not the case as RAW’s best hour is back down to fifth, while the 9PM and 10PM hours come in sixth and seventh respectively. Here’s the top five:

  1. Monday Night Football – ESPN – 3.46
  2. Monday Night Kickoff – ESPN – 1.36
  3. SportsCenter (12AM) – ESPN – 1.08
  4. Love & Hip Hop – VH1 – 0.79
  5. Monday Night RAW (8PM) – USA Network – 0.78

EA’s Take: At this point, anyone who uses ratings as their be-all, end-all for how WWE’s product or company is doing isn’t going to stop doing so. Especially when the numbers continue to get worse. The 18-49 demographic means nothing to them, but I can only explain its importance so many times, which I’ve done every week for months now. So we’re just going to look at the reasons why. Has the show sucked lately? Yes. Was it improved this week and it just didn’t reflect in the ratings? Yes. The narrative is going to be a lot different come January, believe that.

Do this week’s ratings reflect how much you enjoyed RAW? Let us know on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!

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