One of WWE’s main roster shows still had competition from the Olympics for its latest episode, but you wouldn’t be able to tell by looking at the numbers.
The Aug. 6 SmackDown was watched by 2.169 million viewers, a 6% rise from the week before and the blue brand’s biggest audience since the first show on the road back on July 16. Its .61 rating among 18 - 49 year olds was also second best of the post-ThunderDome ear. Not counting the first traveling edition of the year, last Friday’s demo number was the best since May 7.
While folks still had Tokyo Games coverage they could watch instead of SmackDown, the Aug. 9 Raw came after the closing ceremonies. The lack of Monday night sports options didn’t help the red brand, though. Raw’s audience fell 1.7% from the previous episode, to 1.79 million. It’s the fewest viewers the show’s had since its last ThunderDome episode on July 12. The .49 rating in the demo was tied for the lowest of Raw’s road shows, but both numbers are still significantly ahead of what it was doing while WWE was still operating out of their virtual fan set-up in Tampa.