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WWE SmackDown Live ratings (Mar. 20, 2018): Bryan’s return brings a new high

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WWE shocked the wrestling world when they announced Daniel Bryan had been cleared to return to the ring on Tuesday afternoon. They then promoted him as opening the Mar. 20 episode of SmackDown with a promo discussing the news. It was expected to bring big numbers to the blue brand, just a week after delivering some of the best numbers of the past year for WWE’s ‘B’ show.

And it did! But maybe not quite as big as some hoped.

SmackDown drew 2,888,000 viewers this week, again the best number of the year and biggest since 2017’s Superstar Shakeup. That was the fifth biggest audience among cable originals on Tuesday night, behind Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity on Fox News, and HGTV’s Fixer Upper.

Demographic share among 18 - 49 year olds was also strong, with WWE winning the night with a .99.

But it wasn’t the three million viewers or multiple share points many thought the Bryan news could deliver on the Road to WrestleMania.

While you decide whether to be excited or bummed, here’s a rundown of SmackDown’s not-as-good numbers over the past six months (including overall 18 - 49 year old ratings for 2018 episodes):

Mar. 13 - 2.77 million / .91
Mar. 6 - 2.59 million / .75
Feb. 28 - 2.69 million / .86
Feb. 20 - 2.61 million / .8
Feb. 13 - 2.45 million / .76
Feb. 6 - 2.51 million / .75
Jan. 30 - 2.51 million / .76
Jan. 23 - 2.58 million / .8
Jan. 16 - 2.6 million / .78
Jan. 9 - 2.6 million / .76
Jan. 2 - 2.72 million / .82
Dec. 26 - 2.66 million
Dec. 19 - 2.58 million
Dec. 12 - 2.48 million
Dec. 5 - 2.49 million
Nov. 28 - 2.68 million
Nov. 21 - 2.66 million
Nov. 14 - 2.61 million
Nov. 7 - 2.6 million
Oct. 31 - 2.12 million
Oct. 24 - 2.7 million
Oct. 17 - 2.32 million
Oct. 10 - 2.47 million
Oct. 3 - 2.32 million
Sept. 26 - 2.54 million
Sept. 19 - 2.51 million
Sept. 12 - 2.75 million
Sept. 5 - 2.58 million

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

Source: Showbuzz Daily