WWE SmackDown Viewership Trickles Slightly Up

A small increase from Memorial Day weekend

The overnight viewership for Friday's WWE SmackDown was up a little bit from last Friday's Memorial Day weekend broadcast, but is still well below what had been the recent norm.

Per Spoiler TV*, the June 4 SmackDown averaged 1,792,000 viewers across its two hour broadcast, up 37,000 viewers (two percent) from last week's overnight average of 1,755,000.

However, it's still down from what was once the normal range of around two million viewers a show. The start of summer season, as well as the mass opening of different public venues and attractions after a lengthy pandemic, are likely factors in the viewership decline.

Recent SmackDowns (including the May 14 and 21 episodes) averaged between 1,800,000 and 1,830,000 viewers in the overnights.

SmackDown did draw a .50 demo rating in 18-49, up from last week's .40. That made it the most watched show in the demo on network TV on Friday, though most competition is presently in summer reruns (including the usual 18-49 winner, ABC's Shark Tank).

* The usual source for wrestling TV ratings, Showbuzz Daily, is currently undergoing maintenance. Showbuzz generally provides a more in depth analysis of demo ratings than what is listed in this report.

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