WWE – Smackdown proclaims huge drop in viewership and rating in New Year’s first episode: WWE continued building to the Royal Rumble as they brought the first episode of SmackDown in 2021. Did the fans tune in to see what the blue brand had to offer?
According to Showbuzz Daily, Friday Night SmackDown drew an overnight average of 1.915 million viewers. They also drew a .5 in the 18-49 demographic.
The Christmas episode of Smackdown drew 3.335 million viewers. They drew 4.097 million viewers in the first hour and 2.574 million in the second hour. SmackDown was helped a lot by their NFL lead-in.
The week prior’s viewership on FS1 drew 1.030 million viewers. They scored a .3 in the 18-49 demographic. That viewership might seem low, but it was actually great for the blue brand on FS1. The last time they aired SmackDown on FS1, the company earned 881,000 viewers. The time before that brought in 888,000 viewers.
The week before that, SmackDown brought in 2.106 million viewers. They scored 2.141 million viewers in the first hour and 2.071 in the second. Last week they pulled 2.029 million overnight viewers and scored a .50 rating in the 18-49 demographic.
The week prior’s show did an overnight average of 1.987 million viewers, Hour one drew 2.016 million viewers and hour brought in 1.957 million viewers. They also scored a .55 in the 18-49 demographic.