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WWE News: Huge Drop In SmackDown Rating, Falls In Top 5 (12/4/18)



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

While things on the ratings side for Monday Night RAW have not been going swimmingly of late (check out this week’s numbers for the red brand), WWE’s SmackDown Live continues to dominate Tuesday nights, although they still pull much less viewership than RAW. Would that hold true this week?

The ratings for last night’s SmackDown Live are in and not only are they also rough, but they are historically rough as the blue brand pulls a 1.948, down 13.9% from last week. Here’s how the last four weeks of ratings for SmackDown Live look:

  • November 13th: 2.312
  • November 20th: 2.150
  • November 27th: 2.264
  • December 5th: 1.948

With that big of a drop in viewership also comes a dip in the Cable Top 150 Rankings for the 18-49 demographic, something that the blue brand generally isn’t found outside of the top two. This week is one of those weeks, as SmackDown Live is down to number three. Here’s the top five:

  1. The Curse Of Oak Island – History – 0.74
  2. Below Deck – Bravo – 0.69
  3. SmackDown Live – USA Network – 0.66
  4. The Challenge: Reckoning Reunion – MTV – 0.40
  5. Chrisley Knows Best – USA Network – 0.37

EA’s Take: When I first took a look at the numbers, I had to do a double take…then a triple take and make sure I wasn’t being bamboozled. There’s no way two ways about it. If ratings are how you judge WWE’s product, it doesn’t get much worse than this week with either show. Unusual, considering no matter what’s going on with RAW, SmackDown Live still performs on-screen (which they did this week) and fans generally look at that as their “saving grace” when Monday nights are boring them to death. But, we’ve come close to these numbers just recently in early November, so hitting them this time of the year isn’t that big of a surprise. Just kind of catches you off-guard at first.

What do this week’s numbers for SmackDown Live say to you? Let us know on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!

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