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SmackDown Live draws lowest rating since move to USA Network

Daniel Bryan WWE Champion SmackDown Live

This week’s episode of SmackDown Live opened with a pretty strong segment featuring Charlotte, Becky Lynch, and Triple H, which ended with the Lasskicker slapping The Game across the face before leaving the arena.

The Blue Brand also gave the WWE Universe some great matchups featuring Randy Orton attempting to quell the rise of Mustafa Ali, and Jeff Hardy trying to prove he deserved to be in the title hunt by facing WWE Champion Daniel Bryan. Overall, it was a solid show.

Sadly, it wasn’t enough to keep viewers interested. SmackDown Live’s viewership dropped 14% this week, falling from 2,137,000 on January 29th to 1,841,000 on February 5th. This is the lowest draw the show has ever produced since coming to the USA Network back in 2016.

Compared to this time last year, SmackDown Live dropped a whopping 27%, as the February 6th, 2018 episode drew 2,505,000. This is the first time that the show has dropped below 2,000,000 in 2019.

  • Matthew Carter

    Just as I suspected- Road Dogg going to RAW caused him to catch the RAW virus (RAW virus is creative going downhill, storylines going in directions that make zero sense, titles being hot potatoed around, Vince McMahon having the pen & not putting it down) and he brought it to SmackDown with him, causing low ratings.

  • The Random Reader

    I can’t wait for AEW

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    I believe Smackdown is going to get more star power when it move to Fox. I believe Braun Strowman which is a huge draw is going to be on Smackdown when they move to Fox.

  • Soulshroude

    Gotta admit, Smackdown was pretty bad and boring. Even the new “D.B.” Hipster gimmick was useless.