Is it Otis-mania and Money in the Bank fallout? The ‘Brand-to-Brand Invitation’? Because CBS’ Friday night block shifted to pandemic-related specials and a rerun?
Probably all of the above, but that won’t stop people from debating it and picking apart quarter-hour ratings. Because in the fast national numbers for the May 15 SmackDown, the show’s viewership and ratings continued to trend upward.
The audience was over two million in both hours for the first time since April 17, and more people tuned in for the 9 p.m. Eastern block. The ratings among viewers under 49 also rose for the second hour, where WWE & Fox regained a share of first place with the coveted 18 - 34 year old demo.
Here’s last night’s network numbers:
And our running tracker of every show since last fall’s move to Fox Fridays (all data via Showbuzz Daily):
WWE’s already announced a pretty loaded show for next Friday, so conditions seem right for this positive trend to continue.