As noted, ratings were delayed this week due to the outage at a Nielsen data center over the weekend. This week's WWE SmackDown, featuring the build for AJ Styles vs. Shane McMahon at WrestleMania, drew 2.628 million viewers. This is down 4% from last week's 2.738 million viewers. It was likely affected by Rachel Maddow releasing the first two pages of President Donald Trump's 2005 tax returns that night.
SmackDown was #7 in viewership on cable for the night, behind The Rachel Maddow Show, Fixer Upper, The O'Reilly Factor, Tucker Carlson, The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell, and Hannity. SmackDown was #2 in the 18-49 demographic, behind The Rachel Maddow Show.
In comparison, Monday's RAW drew 3.232 million viewers, up from last week's 3.216 million viewers. It beat SmackDown viewership this week by 19%.
Below is our 2017 SmackDown Viewership Tracker:
January 3rd Episode: 2.596 million viewers
January 10th Episode: 2.533 million viewers
January 17th Episode: 2.652 million viewers
January 24th Episode: 2.556 million viewers
January 31st Episode: 2.817 million viewers
February 7th Episode: 2.627 million viewers
February 14th Episode: 2.626 million viewers
February 21st Episode: 2.792 million viewers
February 28th Episode: 2.566 million viewers
March 7th Episode: 2.738 million viewers
March 14th Episode: 2.628 million viewers