WWE SmackDown 1000 Tops RAW In Viewership This Week

This week's WWE SmackDown, the 1000th episode with advertised returns by several big names including Evolution and The Undertaker, drew 2.545 million viewers. This is up 19.2% from last week's 2.135 million viewers.

SmackDown was #9 in viewership for the night on cable, for the second week in a row, behind the MLB American League Championship Series game, the MLB National League Championship Series game, the 8pm NBA game, the 10pm NBA game, Hannity, Tucker Carlson Tonight, The Ingraham Angle and The Five. SmackDown was #5 in the 18-49 demographic this week, behind the two MLB games and the two NBA games.

The NBA game between the Celtics and the 76ers topped the night in the 18-49 demographic with 2.945 million viewers. The NBA game between the Thunder and the Warriors came in at #2 in the 18-49 demographic with 2.717 million viewers. The MLB game between the Astros and the Red Sox topped the night in viewership with 4.871 million viewers, ranking #3 in the 18-49 demographic. The MLB game between the Dodgers and the Brewers ranked #4 in the 18-49 demographic but drew 4.087 million viewers. Hannity was #3 in viewership with 3.356 million but that show came in at #15 in the 18-49 demo.

The big draws on network TV were NCIS on CBS at 8pm, which drew 11.865 million viewers, and The Conners at 8pm on ABC with 10.563 million viewers.

In comparison, Monday's WWE RAW 2.397 million viewers, up from last week's 2.374 million viewers. SmackDown topped RAW viewership by 6.2%. This would be the second time SmackDown defeated RAW in viewership since the brand split. The first time was back in late 2016 as the December 27 episode drew 2.885 million viewers, compared to the 2.855 million viewers that the red brand drew that week.

Below is our 2018 SmackDown Viewership Tracker:

January 2nd Episode: 2.720 million viewers
January 9th Episode: 2.603 million viewers
January 16th Episode: 2.602 million viewers
January 23rd Episode: 2.580 million viewers
January 30th Episode: 2.509 million viewers (Post-Royal Rumble Episode)
February 6th Episode: 2.505 million viewers
February 13th Episode: 2.449 million viewers
February 20th Episode: 2.613 million viewers
February 27th Episode: 2.692 million viewers
March 6th Episode: 2.590 million viewers
March 13th Episode: 2.771 million viewers (post-Fastlane episode)
March 20th Episode: 2.888 million viewers
March 27th Episode: 2.576 million viewers
April 3rd Episode: 2.467 million viewers
April 10th Episode: 2.952 million viewers (post-WrestleMania 34 episode)
April 17th Episode: 2.796 million viewers (Superstar Shakeup episode)
April 24th Episode: 2.549 million viewers
May 1st Episode: 2.436 million viewers
May 8th Episode: 2.293 million viewers (post-Backlash episode)
May 15th Episode: 2.298 million viewers (taped show from London)
May 22nd Episode: 2.195 million viewers
May 29th Episode: 2.195 million viewers
June 5th Episode: 2.138 million viewers
June 12th Episode: 2.183 million viewers
June 19th Episode: 2.315 million viewers (post-Money In the Bank episode)
June 26th Episode: 2.135 million viewers
July 3rd Episode: 2.013 million viewers
July 10th Episode: 2.183 million viewers
July 17th Episode: 2.293 million viewers (post-Extreme Rules episode)
July 24th Episode: 2.340 million viewers
July 31st Episode: 2.401 million viewers
August 7th Episode: 2.197 million viewers
August 14th Episode: 2.189 million viewers
August 21st Episode: 2.437 million viewers (post-SummerSlam episode)
August 28th Episode: 2.350 million viewers
September 4th Episode: 2.319 million viewers
September 11th Episode: 2.229 million viewers
September 18th Episode: 2.281 million viewers (post-Hell In a Cell episode)
September 25th Episode: 2.193 million viewers
October 2nd Episode: 2.095 million viewers
October 9th Episode: 2.135 million viewers (post-Super Show-Down episode)
October 16th Episode: 2.545 million viewers (SmackDown 1000 episode)
October 23rd Episode:

2017 Total: 132.401 million viewers
2017 Average: 2.546 million viewers per episode

Source: ShowBuzz Daily

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