With WWE running a live (kind of) episode of SmackDown on Tuesday night (Nov. 6, 2012) right up against coverage of the Presidential election, it's no surprise the ratings couldn't hold up.
This is the least surprising news of the day.
When WWE and SyFy decide to run live episodes of SmackDown on Tuesday night, as they did this past week on Nov. 6, 2012, the numbers typically fail to hold up to what they do in the more established Friday night time slot.
That was no different this week. But considering the show was up against coverage of the Presidential election, it really didn't stand much of a chance of pulling great numbers.
Naturally, the show did a 1.5 rating for an average of 2.2 million viewers, the lowest rating for a live special they've received this year. But, again, this isn't anything to worry about, as the show should do well in its usual Friday slot tomorrow and Election coverage dominated the viewing audience at large.
Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney was a much bigger deal than Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio, even if the latter was a Falls Count Anywhere match. I suppose the former was too, with the fall coming in Ohio.