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.
For complete results and the live blog for SmackDown this week click here. To read a complete recap of all the night’s events click here. For a full playlist of the show click here.