Whatever it is WWE is doing on Tuesday nights seems to be working.
Even without John Cena on television for a second consecutive week, SmackDown Live’s viewership totals rose to their highest level since the show broke 3 million in it’s Tuesday night debut, an episode which also featured the popular Draft of Superstars to either Raw or SmackDown.
Viewers were up more than four percent for a show which advertised (but didn’t really deliver) a Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz showdown and featured a Dean Ambrose vs. Baron Corbin main event.
Here’s the viewership trend since the Draft:
July 27 - 2,743,000
Aug. 2 - 2,681,000
Aug. 9 - 2,455,000
Aug. 16 - 2,471,000
Aug. 23 - 2,714,000
Aug. 30 - 2,835,000
The show had the highest rating of any cable program among 18 - 49 year olds at .91, and finished second in overall viewers behind OWN’s The Haves and the Have Nots.