With SmackDown star Becky Lynch coming off a big Royal Rumble win and taking part in a hot angle with Ronda Rousey on Raw, it was expected that SmackDown might have a big jump in ratings this week.
Instead, viewership was slightly down — but essentially even — from the last two weeks.
Last night’s show averaged 2.137 million viewers, which was ninth for the night on cable. The show finished second in the 18-49 demo with a 0.70 rating. The only major sports competition was an NBA game on TNT, which did 1.113 million viewers.
SmackDown retained 79 percent of Raw’s audience from the night before, which is lower than usual. It’s also notable that most of the networks were running reruns. That normally also results in a slight ratings bump, but it didn’t this week.
Year-over-year, SmackDown was down about 15 percent from the 2018 post-Rumble show.
Here’s a look at the last 10 weeks of SmackDown numbers and how they compare to last year: