WWE SmackDown Garners Its Second Highest Audience This Year With Kofi Kingston's Gauntlet Match

This week's WWE SmackDown episode, featuring the big Gauntlet Match with Kofi Kingston plus an advertised appearance by WWE Women's Tag Team Champions Sasha Banks and Bayley, drew 2.208 million viewers. This is up 0.5% from last week's 2.198 million viewers for the post-Fastlane show. It was the second best number for the show this year.


SmackDown was #5 for the night in viewership on cable, for the third week in a row, behind Curse of Oak Island, Tucker Carlson Tonight, Hannity and Rachel Maddow Show. SmackDown was #1 in the 18-49 demographic this week. Curse of Oak Island topped the night in viewership with 3.635 million viewers.

The big draw on network TV at 8pm was NCIS on CBS, which drew 8.453 million viewers.

In comparison, Monday's WWE RAW drew 2.695 million viewers, down from last week's 2.783 million viewers for the post-Fastlane episode.

Below is our 2019 SmackDown Viewership Tracker:

January 1 Episode: 2.091 million viewers (New Year's episode, taped)
January 8 Episode: 2.032 million viewers
January 15 Episode: 2.143 million viewers
January 22 Episode: 2.142 million viewers
January 29 Episode: 2.137 million viewers (post-Royal Rumble episode)
February 5 Episode: 1.841 million viewers (State of the Union competition)
February 12 Episode: 2.034 million viewers
February 19 Episode: 2.269 million viewers (post-Elimination Chamber episode)
February 26 Episode: 2.150 million viewers
March 5 Episode: 2.155 million viewers
March 12 Episode: 2.198 million viewers (post-Fastlane episode)
March 19 Episode: 2.208 million viewers
March 26 Episode:


2018 Total: 122.304 million viewers
2018 Average: 2.352 million viewers per episode

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