Typically, we don't cover the ratings for WWE's "B" show, Friday Night SmackDown. I'm not entirely sure why that is, though it could have something to do with the fact that the numbers aren't generally available until days after the show airs.
This time we'll make an exception.
That's because last Friday night's (Aug. 30, 2013) show was given the rare "A+" grade from yours truly. It was a fantastic episode that delivered in every way an evening of pro wrestling should. Good promos, great angles, cool gimmicks, and, of course, the matches themselves were well worth the price of admission.
Hell, even the pacing was good. The characters were booked beautifully and everything made sense within the storyline. It built intrigue for future shows without sacrificing entertainment value for the one you were watching.
It was amazing.
That's why it's good to see the ratings reflect as much. That show did a 1.93 rating and averaged 2.8 million viewers. That's the most viewers since the show after WrestleMania all the way back in April. On top of that, SmackDown was the lead dog in all the right demographics on Friday night.
The momentum seems to be building with this storyline involving Daniel Bryan and Friends against the Triple H led Corporation stable, even if it's getting a bit too repetitive for some, but we'll know more when the rating is out for this weeks episode of Monday Night Raw later today.
Either way, this is good news.