In a trend that WWE hopes will continue in the wake of the Brand Extension, Smackdown saw massive ratings gains for its first live Tuesday episode, as the combination of the WWE Draft taking place on the show and hype for the brand split contributed to Smackdown averaging 3.17 million viewers and a 1.18 rating in the 18-49 demographic. That is both an incredible jump from the final taped Smackdown, which only garnered 2.07 million viewers and a 0.56 demo rating, and a slight victory over Monday’s episode of Raw, which brought in 3.13 million viewers and a 1.13 demo rating. In addition, Smackdown finished #1 for the night in original cable programming.
Obviously, a lot of the ratings came from the Draft taking place on Smackdown, so it will be interesting to see if Smackdown can maintain similar (or even superior) ratings to Raw going forward.
It should be noted that unlike Raw, Smackdown does not split itself up into segments for ratings purposes, so there are no hourly breakdowns available.
All numbers are courtesy Showbuzz Daily