Nobody really expected Smackdown to beat Raw for a second consecutive week (although next week, when Raw has to contend with the NCAA National Championship game, could be another opportunity), but the results for the first week of the new year have to be disappointing for the blue brand, as viewership and ratings fell against fairly weak competition, while Raw’s went up despite facing off against several Bowl games.
Despite another good show in a long string of them, featuring Dean Ambrose defeating The Miz to win the Intercontinental Championship in the main event, Smackdown was not rewarded for its efforts this week, bringing in only 2.6 million viewers and a 0.88 rating in the 18-49 demographic. Those numbers are down significantly from last week’s heavily promoted post-Christmas show, which featured three major title matches and the return of John Cena, and actually topped Raw in viewership. Overall, Smackdown Live finished third overall among original cable programming for the evening.
Numbers are courtesy of Showbuzz Daily, and were delayed due to the holiday weekend.