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SmackDown’s premiere draws promising viewership numbers

After always being a step behind RAW in terms of roster strength and viewership numbers, the blue brand earned the tag of being the “B Show”. However, with its switch to FOX, it seems that the tides have changed with SmackDown attracting huge numbers during its premiere on the new network.

The premiere episode which included The Rock’s return and a ladder match between Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon drew 3.869 million viewers as reported by Showbuzz Daily.

The USA Network finale had drawn 2.099 million viewers and thus there is an 84% rise in viewership for the maiden episode. On the other hand, the most recent episode of RAW had an average of 2.571 million viewers.

SmackDown ranked 4th during the night in terms of viewership with Blue Bloods, Hawaii Five-O, Magnum P.I, and The Blacklist drawing more viewers.

Although it is too early to call, SmackDown have made a terrific start to their new journey on the network.


  • Dirt McGirt

    If you were dying of thirst in the desert, I would stand there and make sure no one gave you a drink.

  • Steven Davis

    Of course not. I’m not stupid, unlike Dirt McGirt.

  • Michael Justin Arnold

    not sure if serious…

  • Dirt McGirt

    I don’t know where Khan’s family is from, I just asked Google if Khan was an Indian name. And I never said the author was biased, I just stated facts. If that is what you want to assume from what I wrote, that’s on you, not me.

  • Dirt McGirt

    Google says otherwise. I’m not saying you’re wrong, I’m just telling you where I got my information.

  • Steven Davis

    Come on, man. We all know Indians and Pakistanis love each other.

  • CC

    What does it matter what night it was on? Even if you combine both shows on Weds night, it does not match the SD figures, so yeah, it is a comparison that needs making.
    This site made a point of saying AEW “decimated” NXT, which when you consider NXT is actually the developmental brand, thats not exactly that big a deal.

    AEW did 1.4 mil and NXT did about 890k, but that is not all unique viewers as it also accounts for channel hoppers. Even without NXT being on the same night, it is highly unlikely they would have even reached 2mil.

    When was the last time any wrestling show did over 3mill? Even with all the hype around AEW they would not have even come close to that number, simple math.

  • Michael Justin Arnold

    What does someone’s nationality have to do with the article? Because the Khan family is from Pakistan, the Indian author is biased? Hahahha

  • CC

    Kahn is not an Indian name, its Mongolian and is more common in Pakistan these days

  • Michael Justin Arnold

    They’re on different nights! Makes no sense to compare, especially since Smackdown didnt have any wresting competition. We both know AEW’s rating would have been higher if those people didn’t have NXT to tune in to.

  • Dirt McGirt

    This article was written by someone with Indian heritage. Patel is an Indian name. Another Indian name? Khan.

  • CC

    So why does the headline not say “Smackdown absolutely decimates AEW”?