Last week (Oct. 25), SmackDown Live got rocked with their smallest audience since the brand split draft, mostly because they ran into the one-two punch of the World Series and the first night of NBA action.
Things were pretty much the same on Nov. 1, with viewers at 2,187,000 (up from 2,127,000) and the ratings share of 18 - 49 year olds down to .67 (from .69). There was only one basketball game on national cable, but the baseball audience was up over 23 million on Fox as the popular showdown between Chicago Cleveland was stretched to a winner-take-all seventh game with a big win by Chi-town’s Cubbies.
The blue brand was eighth in overall viewership on cable behind the usual Fox News show, but had the highest rating among 18 - 49 year olds.
Next week will be rough, as the show will be on a tape delay from Scotland, so spoilers will be available before the broadcast, and the world will be watching election results roll in to see who will be the next President of the United States. After that, hopefully things will clear up and we can get a better measure of if SmackDown’s quality can attract viewers.