It seems like the Brand Extension might actually be working out for Smackdown Live, as after an initial dip from the massive rating they pulled in for the live Draft episode, it’s been nothing but upward momentum for the blue brand. This week, the show posted its highest viewership since the Draft, showing that fans are starting to come around on the former “B” show, which is extremely good news headed into the first Smackdown-exclusive PPV, Backlash, in just over a week.. The show, which featured AJ Styles laying claim to being the new “Face That Runs The Place” in John Cena’s absence, as well as a main event of Dean Ambrose vs Baron Corbin (so, not exactly a marquee match-up), drew 2.84 million viewers and a 0.91 rating in the 18-49 demographic, good for second place in original cable programming on Tuesday night, behind OWN’s The Haves And The Have Nots.