SmackDown Live saw its numbers dip from the 2,725,000 people who tuned in to see Undertaker return for an anniversary episode last week, but the Survivor Series fallout show on Nov. 22 still attracted 2,505,000 viewers - the biggest audience since Sept. 13 (not counting SmackDown 900).
WWE scored the best rating among 18 - 49 year olds on the night at .81, and the seventh highest total viewership of any Tuesday night cable program. While that’s all good but not great news for the company, the blue brand’s numbers did slip farther behind Raw’s (Team Red hit 3 million for their show this week), which may disappoint some fans.
Though the show featured Shane McMahon, an Intercontinental title match and a big angle for James Ellsworth, none of those things were announced in advance. It’s also a holiday week in the United States, and while Thanksgiving obviously doesn’t fall on Tuesday, impending travel plans or preparations could have impacted the size of the audience.
We’ll see how things looks after a ‘go home’ show for their TLC pay-per-view (PPV) next week.