WWE conducted yet another big week in their programming, this week. For three consecutive nights starting from Sunday, we witnessed Backlash, Raw and Smackdown Live.
The PPV event was definitely not up to the mark whereas the flagship show had an average outing. In comparison, Smackdown Live came up with an interesting episode.
It was way better than the previous shows, this week. But, unfortunately, it failed to garner more viewers for the episode. Despite a good show from the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland, drops in rating were observed. Compared to last week, viewers were much lower for Smackdown, this week.
As reported by SportsKeeda.com, the Tuesday Night show garnered only 2.293 million viewers. This was almost 200 million lower from last week.
Furthermore, it was record low rating ever since the mid-season of 2017 where there were fewer names on the show.
Check out the updated from the source,
“This is a very low number and comes right after last week’s dismal viewership of 2.436 million viewers. One assumes that the number took a massive hit because of the NBA Playoffs. One has to go back all the way to June 2017 to find a non-holiday episode that was rated lower.”
Now, this week’s show was not that bad. In fact, it was a packed event with Daniel Bryan competing in the main event against another fan favorite, Rusev.
Plus, there were major fallouts from the Backlash PPV event as well as a couple of qualifying matches for the Money in the Bank 2018 edition.
Despite this, the fall of ratings can be owed to lack of bigger names on the main show. There were no champions present on Smackdown, this week except for Jeff Hardy.
Names like AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Samoa Joe did not make their presence felt on the main show and was only showed for backstage promos.
The same was done to Carmella, the Smackdown women’s champion, too. Hopefully, next week, the scene of Smackdown will be changed.
The princess of Staten Island alongside the phenomenal one will return to the show. Plus, there will be a MITB qualifier as well as the debut of Andrade Cien Almas from the NXT roster.
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