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Posted By: admin
Subject: WWE Smackdown Ratings Thread
Date Posted: 21/October/2010 at 15:08
I'm surprised we don't already have one but here goes.......
Quote Friday's WWE SmackDown! did a 1.81 (1.8) cable rating with 2,613,000 viewers. That's up from last week's 1.7 cable rating and that show was LIVE.
A recorded show of Smackdown talent does better than a live show of talent from both shows.
I'm putting it down to Edge returning to the show and nothing else.


Posted By: Tragon70
Date Posted: 04/December/2010 at 20:17

Quote SmackDown from this past week is down in the ratings, scoring a 1.56 with 2,381,000 viewers. The week before the rating was 1.73.

Smackdown isn't showing anything really interesting besides Kane & Edge. Mysterio & Del Rio maybe a 2nd thing of interest other than that nothing else has really changed. Everything is random so no wonder ratings were dropped from the week before.

Trags for HOF'er !

Posted By: thundarr2000
Date Posted: 07/December/2010 at 16:25

The December 4th ratings for SmackDown are considered to be flat.  The show drew 2.6 million viewers.  Which is statically flat.

I would like to point out that Disney's Sweet Life on Deck and Phineas and Ferb scored 4.19 million and 3.89 million viewers, respectively.  But those numbers were largely in the "Under 11" and 11-17 demographics... which don't mean much to anyone other than toy makers... like Mattel.
I have to point out that FX counter-programmed Syfy that night and aired The Marine opposite SmackDown.  I couldn't find an exact rating for the airing.  So I'm guessing it wasn't too high.  But I figure Vince would be a little annoyed by the gesture.

Posted By: JohnKy75
Date Posted: 07/December/2010 at 18:00
with the Kane/Edge thing I switch over and watch Phineas and Ferb...sure sign the new guys need to be pushed more on smackdown for the World title, Id much rather watch the midcard on SD than whats going on in the main event scene there right now.


Posted By: Tragon70
Date Posted: 07/December/2010 at 19:51
If they keep having the same people it'll get boring very quickly. It's like when they had Bobby Lashley & Booker T face each other for a month straight as the main event & I'm sure that got people to get bored of that feud very quickly. Edge & Kane have faced each other in the past so it's not much different they can show to stand within the PG rating. I feel there pushing the limit because kidnapping isn't PG.

Trags for HOF'er !

Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 16/December/2010 at 23:34

Quote Last Friday's episode of WWE Friday Night SmackDown scored a final cable rating of 1.73. This is up from the previous week's 1.67 rating.

The rating so far since the change has been between 1.5 and 1.7 the whole time.

Management will have been hoping the change would have guaranteed them at least a 2 every week.

The poor rating could be why lately Smackdown has been changed to more like Raw with skits, childish stupidity etc.


Posted By: thundarr2000
Date Posted: 22/December/2010 at 05:36
The Syfy core fans are still very upset with SmackDown taking the Friday timeslots.  Friday night had been Syfy's tentpole night for new weekly programs.  There's several calls to protest Syfy's airing of SmackDown while cancelling sci-fi themed programs.  ( shut down their old forums section in favor of Facebook.)
Its also interesting to note that WWE is disappointed with the ratings the show is getting.  But averaging over 2 million viewers still makes it a "hit" by channel standards.  In fact, it's regularly the channel's top rated show.  It also regularly scores the channel's best numbers in the 18-34 demographic.
Saturday night is Syfy's current focus.  Each week they 'debut' a new original movie.  Recently Ice Quake scored 2.3 million viewers... which they considered a huge score.  Their record for Saturday night stands at 3.0 million.  But these movies tend to score the older viewer that the advertisers aren't as keen on.

Posted By: ozwwefan
Date Posted: 22/December/2010 at 05:53
      Maybe if they had the SmackDown roster work in star wars/star trek costumes the sci-fi fans would be happier with the Friday spot. Tossers.


Posted By: thundarr2000
Date Posted: 23/December/2010 at 19:29
Tuesday night's live episode of SmackDown on the USA Network garnered a 2.5 cable rating, the program's best mark since September 12, 2008.
Nobody seems to have the complete ratings break-down posted yet.  With the holidays, they might be delayed in releasing all the numbers.  The rating is a percentage of total viewers watching at that time... so the number of viewers could vary a fair amount.  But it's clear they were drawing significantly more viewers anyway you look at it.
This is going to create a lot of discussion within WWE.  Were the ratings up because it was a live show?  Was it because they were on USA and not Syfy?  Was because of John Cena?
For me, the answer is yes to all three.  But mostly the first two.
It's known fact that live wrestling does better ratings that pre-recorded.  Just this year we saw TNA's numbers were higher on the live Monday night show than the taped show.  The same thing happened years ago when Raw followed that same routine.  We live in a digital age.  Spoilers seemingly are posted immediately after the taping is completed.  Having a live show insures that the "big surprises" remain surprises.
Being on USA had to also be a factor.  For one, I think USA's marketing of the show reached more of the WWE's regular & casual fans.  Syfy does a decent job of promoting SmackDown.  But the Syfy shows that run the promos aren't being watched by wrestling fans.  Syfy's rating demographics show the channel is skew towards an older audience... not the audience that WWE is targeting.
As much as I hated having Randy Orton, the Miz, and John Cena take away the time from the SmackDown roster... those three are the company's big attractions.  WWE management continues to push these three the most.  They get the biggest spotlight.  Like them or don't, they are currently putting butts in seats.

Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 24/December/2010 at 13:05
From Jim Ross Website......
Quote Great TV rating on Tuesday night for Smackdown. Biggest rating in years as best I know. That's the difference in being on a network such as USA as opposed to their sister network, the fledging Syfy Network. USA is a monster among cable networks and being on a lesser entity, as other wrestling shows are as well, is simply a daunting task. 
The rating is only great by twenty ten standards, nothing else.
Around two years ago Smackdown was pissing a 3 rating every single week.
That is what they need to get back to next year even if it means going live every week.


Posted By: thundarr2000
Date Posted: 26/December/2010 at 05:21
SmackDown pulled in 3.807 million viewers the first hour, and 3.817 million the second hour.  That's a million more viewers than they've been averaging on Syfy.  They also dominated in the most important demo 18-49, they trumped everything else on cable in that demo.
Let's remember that under the direction of Bonnie Hammer, USA Network passed on SmackDown many years ago.  The decision was made to avoid USA being seen as the "wrestling channel."  This despite that the channel had relied on the steady ratings that WWF/E had always brought to them over the years.
Personally, I think WWE should be pushing for USA to pick up SmackDown instead of doing all these silly 3 hour Raws.  WWE should offer a live SD broadcast each week.  WWE should also be flexible and offer to move SD to Tuesdays or Wednesday to suit USA.  (WWE wouldn't be able to move to Thursday night because of Superstars on WGN America, unless that show was axed.)

Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 04/January/2011 at 22:56
Shit rating which WWE will try and get out of blaming the fact it was NYE.......
Quote The New Year's Eve edition of SmackDown drew a 1.43 cable rating, with 2,205,000 viewers. It is a record low rating for a first-run episode of SmackDown on Syfy.
Watching the show it was like creative was too lazy to book a decent show knowing many wouldn't be in to see it.
The spoilers will have put a lot of folks off watching it because they read so shit.


Posted By: JohnKy75
Date Posted: 12/January/2011 at 00:07

creative is going to have to kick it in to gear for SD, Im hoping to see fresh faces and better storylines, Ziggler vs Edge is a good start if they do a proper build and that hinges on if they play the Vickie angle or not. I hope that Gabriel and Slater go over with thier former boss and make some sort of noise too. Right now though the way the show has been booked I can understand why the ratings have been bad.


Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 12/January/2011 at 12:57

Quote This past Friday's episode of WWE SmackDown on SyFy scored a 1.95 cable rating with 2,845,000 viewers.

Better than in recent weeks, but it's still way below they should be getting.

They got 1.8 on the live show which was alright, but it really needs to be a weekly 2 mark even if it keeps being recorded.

I'm surprised the recorded episode of last week did better than the live episode.


Posted By: wrestlingfan_2011
Date Posted: 13/January/2011 at 22:07
I honestly feel that the ratings in my opinion for both shows are very  over rated. Don't get me wrong,  I love wwf/wwe however it has changed dramatically. I understand that some of it is due to its content that was being viewed or things that were said. There are a lot of young viewers so that is definitely understandable. I feel that the talent crew can improve the content of the script. I know that there are limitations on what can be scripted or viewed by the audience. I was thinking maybe wwe talent can use a little bit of the old content mixed with the new content. I feel if they use this all the time, it would be more exciting. To me now, its not very attractive. Its more about drama and a lot of talking and less action. I mean cmon, that's why its called wrestling. Its not supposed to be about a talk show or a game show. I found it very ridiculous and over dramatic. Very distasteful and unappealing...  


Posted By: thundarr2000
Date Posted: 19/January/2011 at 19:23
Quote The January 14 episode of WWE SmackDown on Syfy scored a 1.9 cable rating, tying the previous week's ratings high.

The program garnered 2.98 million viewers over the course of two hours, setting a new benchmark on Syfy. The previous week's show averaged 2.85 million viewers.

Still not hitting 3 million, but still ahead of what Syfy used to show in those timeslots. 
I'm hoping that WWE has noticed that when they stopped having Edge vs Kane every week the numbers got better.  I hope they realize how sick fans are of seeing the same two guys having the same freaking match every week.
I still hope that WWE considers taking SmackDown live.  I would think that would help the ratings as well.

Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 25/January/2011 at 11:34
Great news for the blue brand keeps on coming........
Quote The January 21st episode of WWE's Friday Night SmackDown scored a 2.12 rating with 3,295,000 viewers. This is the best SmackDown rating since the show moved to SyFy.

The show was also the most watched on a Friday night for SyFy since the Stargate Atlantis premiere back in 2004.

The ratings are rising to new records week after week. I hope it continues.
Live Smackdown every week to capitalise on it would be great.


Posted By: JohnKy75
Date Posted: 01/February/2011 at 21:04
Quote Friday's SmackDown did a 2.01 rating with 3,024,000 viewers.

partial credit -

Seems like cross promoting brands is working, which will mean the end of the brand extension soon  I think, and Im all for it, Itll hurt some mid card guys but if it makes the product better Im all for it, Id hate to see any title retired as the WCW world title is probably my fav belt on looks, and I would bet WWE would hang on to the IC title and retire the US belt as well.


Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 10/February/2011 at 10:58

Booker T debuting on commentary didn't help the rating that went down........

Quote The Feb. 4 episode of WWESmackDown scored a 1.94 cable rating, slightly down from the previous show's 1.96 number. The show garnered 3,218,000 viewers over the course of two hours, which was up from approximately 3 million viewers.
The show needs to be getting a 2 rating every week, especially in the run up to Wrestlemania.
WWE on their "Did You Know?" said on Raw how it's the highest rated show on SyFy every week. Come on that's not saying much.


Posted By: thundarr2000
Date Posted: 02/March/2011 at 16:39

NEW YORK – February 28, 2011 – WWE Friday Night Smackdown® established season highs in total viewers, Adults 18-49, Adults 25-54 and household ratings during its premiere on Syfy Friday, February 25, from 8-10PM (ET/PT).

This was also the most watched Friday Night Smackdown program since January 2010. Smackdown debuted on Syfy on October 1, 2010.

Smackdown leglocked 3.55 million total viewers.  1.36 million Adults 18-49 and 1.46 million Adults 25-54 while averaging   2.3 HH rating. This was up 11% in Adults 18-49, 14% in Adults 25-54 and 9% in total viewers versus the February 18 telecast. The program propelled Syfy to #1 among all primetime cable telecasts for Adults 18-49, as well as #1 in prime cable among Adults 25-54.

And thus dashing sci-fi geeks hopes of the wrestling program get moved off the network.  The Syfy original series Merlin airs following Smackdown.  Merlin drew 1.5 million viewers and is considered enough of a success that Syfy has ordered an addition season.

Posted By: mikej690
Date Posted: 08/March/2011 at 17:01
The March 4 episode of WWE SmackDown scored slightly below a 2.0 cable rating, down from the prior week's record 2.3 rating on Syfy. The show prior to the record rating drew slightly above 2.0. Friday's number is in line with the show's average in 2011, which is slightly below 2.0
DAMN! that good! TNA would wish they had to have a 2.0 or anything close below it.
But for vince thats not good enough. It's hard to get ratings on fridays because some people might have to go to work or Ect. Smackdown on tuesdays or even wensday would help a little.


Posted By: thundarr2000
Date Posted: 11/May/2011 at 06:09
Quote The May 6 episode of WWE SmackDown, featuring a World Heavyweight Championship Match, scored a 1.73 cable rating. The number is down 12 percent from the previous week, a 1.94.

It is the lowest rated episode of 2011. The show drew 2,793,000 viewers overall.

Smackdown ranked No. 10 in total cable television viewers for the night. It also ranked No. 7. in Males 18-34 and No. 5 in Males 18-49. 

12% is a big drop off.  I'm sure some of that's due to the big NBA playoff game that was on during the last hour of SD.  But I'm sure all the spoilers didn't help in this case.

Posted By: MegaManXXV
Date Posted: 11/May/2011 at 06:17
Damn 1.73 ...

I know they have to be a little upset about that number. I'm the kind of guy who likes to read the spoilers, but ill still watch the broadcast A) because I love wrestling and B) because marijuana affects the memory .. (see half baked) ..

The playoff's damn sure don't help matters any ...

** Your Welcome **

Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 19/July/2011 at 14:54

Quote This past Friday's episode of WWE SmackDown on SyFy did a 1.72 cable rating with 2,552,000 viewers.

I'm hoping that goes up this week now that we have Christian as heel champion for the first time ever.

Smackdown has been the highest rated show every week since being on SyFy, but it's a poor network so not really worth them bragging about.

Wasn't Smackdown when it debuted on the channel getting over three million viewers and over a 2 rating?


Posted By: Darth Shizzel
Date Posted: 03/August/2011 at 00:11
Quote This past Friday's episode of WWE SmackDown on SyFy scored a 1.99 cable rating with 2.83 million viewers. This was the highest rating for SmackDown since Edge retired in April.

Partial source:

Further proof people don't like Orton as champion they prefer Christian as champ that and even more wrestling as I am sure while Orton was champ ratings were going down.
Although this could be in part because of Triple H being on the show as well but ratings do seem to be rising a bit for Smackdown I just they start hitting twos again.

Don't hate the player hate the game

Posted By: ozwwefan
Date Posted: 03/August/2011 at 04:08
          Woohoo! Well done SmackDown! Pushing 2.0 is terrific leap for a brand that has been pushing 1.2 for ages now. Not surprising, it was a great episode last week.
          I'm not sure you can put it down to Orton though adders, the leap could just as easily be partially attributed to Orton dropping the baby-face schtik and reverting to the brutal tweener character that got him over in the first place. 


Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 15/August/2011 at 17:58

Quote Friday's episode of WWE SmackDown on SyFy scored a 1.81 cable rating, down from the previous week's 1.99 rating. This week's show averaged 2.57 million viewers, also down from the previous week.

Still a strong rating and not enough to go and take the title off Christian to make him look like a transitional champion.

SuperRan as the champ put the ratings into the 1.6s which I hope it ends up in again.

Maybe then management will see Rest Holds Randy isn't a ratings draw. Nah even then management will find excuses and blame ratings on something else.


Posted By: thundarr2000
Date Posted: 15/August/2011 at 18:56
Damn... it's times like these I really miss having Maria around to defend Blandy. 
The post-PPV show's ratings will probably be decent.  People will turn in to see what new direction the stories will take.  But I would expect the baseline ratings to slowly slip the longer that Borton is champ.  WWE just can't wrap their heads around the fact that people enjoy RKO when he's chasing the title far more than when he's defending it.

Posted By: thundarr2000
Date Posted: 01/September/2011 at 05:00
Quote  SyFy issued the following tonight:



NEW YORK – August 31, 2011 – Syfy’s first ever WWE Smackdown live special, SuperSmackdown Live, pinned 3.3 million total viewers last night, Tuesday, August 30 from 8-10PM/ET. The program leg locked 1.45 million Adults 18-49 and 1.3 million Adults 25-54. The performance put Syfy in the #1 spot in Cable Primetime for the night ahead of the #2 cable finisher by 45% in Adults 18-49 and 29% in Adults 25-54. Syfy also topped both FOX and the CW from 8PM to 10PM ET/PT in Adults 18-49 and 25-54.

Other ratings highlights:

SuperSmackdown Live was Syfy’s highest WWE Smackdown performer ever among Adults 18-49 and the highest performance in Adults 25-54 since April 2011.

SuperSmackdown Live on Syfy was the #2 cable telecast of the day in Adults 25-54 and the #3 Primetime cable telecast in Adults 18-49.

SuperSmackdown Live topped the last live airing of WWE Smackdown – the October 1, 2010 premiere on Syfy – by +47% in Adults 18-49 and +21% in Adults 25-54.

SuperSmackdown Live was the #1 Primetime telecast in Cable for the night with male viewers overall and with Men 18-49 and 25-54.

Originating from the INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas, the Tuesday night special featured WWE’s biggest Superstars and Divas, including World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton®, Christian®, Sheamus™, Mark Henry®, Sin Cara™, Cody Rhodes™, Wade Barrett™, Daniel Bryan™, Brodus Clay™, Natalya™ and Alicia Fox™.

The special will re-air in SmackDown’s regular time slot on Friday, September 2 from 8-10PM (ET/PT).

WWE Smackdown is averaging 3.2 million total viewers for 2011 to date on Syfy.
Syfy seems pretty damn happy with that number.  Looks like Smackdown did well in all the key demographics. 
WWE might not be too happy.  This will most likely lead to more pushing from Syfy to have Smackdown live every week.   WWE likes having the one show precorded so they can edit out botches and "correct" audio.  It's also cheaper to record the show than air it live.

Posted By: thundarr2000
Date Posted: 07/September/2011 at 04:59
Quote Friday's replay of the WWE Smackdown SuperShow (that was broadcast live on Tuesday) drew a 1.2 rating. 
That ended up being about 1.6 million viewers.  I'm wonder how many of those were people that were just rewatching the show versus how many didn't watch it live on Tuesday.   I expect one of the those "Did You Know" cards to add the numbers together and claim the show got 4.9 million views.

Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 09/September/2011 at 15:11

Quote As noted before, the August 30th live WWE SmackDown special on SyFy did a 2.14 cable rating with 3.28 million viewers. SyFy usually averages a 0.52 rating in that timeslot on Tuesday nights with airing movies. Below is a segment-by-segment breakdown:

The John Cena vs. Wade Barrett match gained 37,000 from the opener while Daniel Bryan vs. Sin Cara gained another 39,000 viewers and Natalya & Beth Phoenix vs. Alicia Fox & Kelly Kelly gained 97,000 more.

The contract signing with CM Punk and Triple H gained 849,000 viewers, which is a high growth for SmackDown. Sheamus vs. The Great Khali lost 456,000 viewers which is expected based on the unusually high growth for the contract signing. The Christian vs. Randy Orton cage match for the World Title gained 931,000 viewers but the show had an unexpected overrun so the 931,000 would include people tuning into SyFy for the next program. If you take the breakdown to 10pm, the growth for the main event was 278,000 viewers, bringing the final quarter rating to a 2.40 and the overrun to a 2.83.

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

A very strong rating which justifies the showing being live. The E surely are looking at making it a weekly thing.

Daniel Bryan was involved in a bigger gain than John Cena....One for the internet marks there.....

I hope management don't think the brilliant main event rating is an excuse for another Christian/SuperRan match anytime soon.


Posted By: thundarr2000
Date Posted: 09/September/2011 at 15:33
The whispers have been around for a while.  Syfy wants Smackdown live every week.  WWE doesn't.  A live show is more expensive and WWE doesn't want to change their event scheduling.  It's unclear if Syfy would be willing to move the show to Tuesdays to make it a live show.  I also think that WWE likes having a show that they can edit, re-shoot, and re-dub if they want. 

Posted By: Trice
Date Posted: 09/September/2011 at 16:02
Originally posted by thundarr2000 thundarr2000 wrote:

The whispers have been around for a while.  Syfy wants Smackdown live every week.  WWE doesn't.  A live show is more expensive and WWE doesn't want to change their event scheduling.  It's unclear if Syfy would be willing to move the show to Tuesdays to make it a live show.  I also think that WWE likes having a show that they can edit, re-shoot, and re-dub if they want. 

Agreed, it also makes sense for them to have Monday/Friday shows, as it keeps the viewer wanting more, especially in the build up to PPVs.

Essential with botchtastic talent like Sin-Cara LOL

Mr Quality over Quantity 2010 |~| Mr Variety 2011

Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 29/September/2011 at 17:38
Who'd have thought Mark Henry would give Smackdown their best ever SyFy rating.......

Quote SyFy issued the following yesterday:

WWE�S Friday Night Smackdown WAS #1 IN CABLE ON SEPTEMBER 23

STAMFORD � September 28, 2011 � WWE Friday Night Smackdown was the # 1 show on Cable with 3.25 million total viewers on Friday, September 23. This was the highest rated Friday episode of Smackdown on Syfy among Adults 18-34 and #2 among Adults 18-49. The 2.1 household rating is up +17% versus last week garnering 1.35 million Adults 18-49 and 1.36 million Adults 25-54.

Other ratings highlights:

Smackdown was the #1 telecast in cable on Friday with male viewers overall and with Men 18-49 and 25-54.

Smackdown was watched by 1,182,000 female viewers, beating all programming on CW, TLC, A&E, HGTV, Food Network, Lifetime, Hallmark, and Oxygen.

Smackdown was watched in the most homes since April 8, 2011, which was the first Smackdown after WrestleMania XXVII.

Originating from the Nutter Center in Dayton, OH, Friday Night Smackdown featured WWE�s biggest Superstars and Divas, including World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry�, Randy Orton�, Christian�, Sheamus�, Sin Cara�, Cody Rhodes�, Daniel Bryan�, Natalya� and Beth Phoenix�. WWE Friday Night Smackdown airs from 8-10 PM/ET on Syfy.

That's only around half a million less than the live flagship broadcast gets from time to time, and this coming from a B brand taped show.

I'm not expecting Michael Cole to be bringing this up tomorrow night.


Posted By: MaNonTheMoon
Date Posted: 29/September/2011 at 18:54
Hmm. It looks like people were right when they said it:
Orton as Challenger + Mark as Dominant Chamion = Ratings



Posted By: thundarr2000
Date Posted: 01/December/2011 at 04:34
Early numbers show the live Smackdown holiday special pulled in 3.052 million viewers.  Looks like they were hurt by going up against college basketball on ESPN.  Also CBS scored good numbers with younger viewers with the classic Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer (12.64 million viewers---not bad for a show that's from 1964.)

Posted By: thundarr2000
Date Posted: 13/December/2011 at 03:31
Quote The December 9th episode of WWE's Friday Night SmackDown did a 2.24 cable rating with 3,238,000 viewers. 
Still the best numbers of any of Syfy's regular programming.
Quote from of a press release
NEW YORK – December 12, 2011 – Fueled by its critically acclaimed popular programming, Syfy is on pace to make 2011 its most watched prime year ever, averaging 1.33 million total viewers – up 10% compared to 2010.
Syfy’s powerhouse programming in 2011 ranged from the scripted series Warehouse 13, Alphas, Eureka, Being Human and Haven to reality series such as Face Off, Ghost Hunters, Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files, Destination Truth, Hollywood Treasure, Haunted Collector and Paranormal Witness, along with the original miniseries Neverland.
I don't think WWE will be pleased that they were left off of the press release.  Syfy admits that their prime time average is 1.33 million viewers.  But Smackdown averages more than twice that number. 

Posted By: thundarr2000
Date Posted: 27/December/2011 at 22:01
With the holiday period, ratings reports are behind.  But the early number for the December 23rd show on Syfy is 2.74 million viewers.  Down from previous weeks, but Syfy usually expects to lose viewers of the Xmas holiday period and they don't really program anything special during the period.  Still that's better than Syfy's primetime average.

Posted By: John The Baptist
Date Posted: 10/January/2012 at 00:02
Quote Friday's episode of WWE SmackDown drew a 1.8 cable rating, with 2.58 million viewers. The show was down from a 1.92 rating with 2.82 million from the week before. It's the lowest number of viewers since August 5th and the lowest rating since mid-September. The show ranked #8 among cable shows for the night in overall viewers, #5 among in the male 18-34 demographic and #4 in the male 18-49 demo. The show was up against the series finale of "Wizards of Waverly Place" on Disney, which drew 10 million viewers, as well as the Cotton Bowl Classic on Fox.


Posted By: NFaMouZ
Date Posted: 10/January/2012 at 02:41

Posted By: thundarr2000
Date Posted: 25/January/2012 at 05:06
Quote The January 20th episode of WWE's Friday Night SmackDown scored a 2.18 cable rating with 3,324,000 viewers.
I just want to point out the ratings of the shows that Syfy loves to call their "hit original" programming:
Merlin (airs after SmackDown) 1.8 million viewers
Being Human drew 1.6 million 
* Ghost Hunters drew 1.5 million
* Face/Off drew 1.8 million
That's right.  A weak episode of SmackDown still can outdraw most of Syfy's pet shows by nearly 2 to 1.  That's a little tidbit I like to remind the sci-fi fanboys that cry all over the Syfy forum "Why is wrestling on Syfy?" 
Oh, and just to clarify... I was never officially banned from the Sci-Fi/SyFy forum.  But all of my post did get deleted. 

Posted By: bigfloridapimp
Date Posted: 25/January/2012 at 05:12
lol@ghost hunters being dead.


Posted By: ozwwefan
Date Posted: 25/January/2012 at 05:34
          Thats a huge rise in SD's ratings since this time last year when they were consistently around 1.2 like TNA is now. It still remains my favourite brand despite T-Lo Arksana and Santino.


Posted By: bigfloridapimp
Date Posted: 25/January/2012 at 05:57
SD should be booked as closer to an equal of Raw. I think it would help SD a ton and in reality it wont take a damn thing away from Raw. You can still say Raw is the Flagship show without making SD look weak in comparison. 


Posted By: #Heel
Date Posted: 25/January/2012 at 06:55
Originally posted by bigfloridapimp bigfloridapimp wrote:

SD should be booked as closer to an equal of Raw. I think it would help SD a ton and in reality it wont take a damn thing away from Raw. You can still say Raw is the Flagship show without making SD look weak in comparison. 
as of late smackdown hasnt looked that much weaker than raw - the wrestling content is higher which is probably why it has drawn so much compared to last year


Posted By: bigfloridapimp
Date Posted: 25/January/2012 at 21:53
Originally posted by #Heel #Heel wrote:

Originally posted by bigfloridapimp bigfloridapimp wrote:

SD should be booked as closer to an equal of Raw. I think it would help SD a ton and in reality it wont take a damn thing away from Raw. You can still say Raw is the Flagship show without making SD look weak in comparison. 
as of late smackdown hasnt looked that much weaker than raw - the wrestling content is higher which is probably why it has drawn so much compared to last year
Thats from a smarks view, wrestling integrity = even playing field. But in reality SD should have some stars of its own not named Rey or Big Show. Id like to see someone like Cena go to SD and stay there for at least a year. Trips did the SD thing once I think to put over Hardy? But that was in what? 08/09? I know there are not enough stars like when the original split happened to have guys like The Rock on SD and such. But you have to have some legit superstars on the brand. Orton was being booked on the Raw supershows than he was SD.


Posted By: Willy1225
Date Posted: 25/January/2012 at 23:57
Originally posted by #Heel #Heel wrote:

 as of late smackdown hasnt looked that much weaker than raw - the wrestling content is higher which is probably why it has drawn so much compared to last year
Completely disagree, Smackdown is getting booked as wwECW was in 2009. There is nobody on the show that makes you want to watch it especially with Orton out with an injury. Besides the Smackdown talent thats worth a damn is seen on Raw every week anyway while no major player from Raw appears on Smackdown.
Cena and Punk were on the first episode of Smackdown post "brand split" but since then nothing. Hell the Miz only went to Smackdown once in that time.
Smackdown has always been Raw's little brother in reality but now wwe's booking of Smackdown makes it look like Raw's little brother in kayfabe too.

TNA Would Be Nothing Without #TeamDixie

Posted By: thundarr2000
Date Posted: 23/February/2012 at 20:44
Quote Tuesday's SuperSmackDown LIVE! show featuring a Champion vs. Champion match between WWE Champion CM Punk and World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan garnered a 1.7 rating with 2,326,000 viewers.

It is SmackDown's lowest rating since the September 16, 2011 show, which drew a 1.78. 
I wonder what the Friday replay number will be.  If it's high, then it could be a sign that Syfy & WWE just didn't do a good enough job of advertizing the live show.
Looking over the ratings report.  Nothing really jumps out.  The only shows on cable that outdrew WWE for total viewers during that timeslot was some reruns of Big Bang Theory on TBS and Dance Moms on Lifetime.
WWE is probably secretly happy with this number.  When SmackDown does good numbers on Tuesday, Syfy starts thinking that SD should be live every week.  And WWE just doesn't want to do that right now.

Posted By: thundarr2000
Date Posted: 27/February/2012 at 21:53
The numbers for the Friday reply of the live SuperSmackDown.... 2.241 million viewers.  Very close to the Tuesday number when it was live. 
What portion of the audience was watching it for the second time? 
I doubt we will see another Live Smackdown for a while.

Posted By: thundarr2000
Date Posted: 13/March/2012 at 01:56
Quote Friday's WWE Smackdown scored a 2.12 rating, which is up 1.97 rating that the show drew last week. Smackdown averaged 3.1 million viewers. Meanwhile, UFC's debut of The Ultimate Fighter on FX drew a 0.94 rating with 1.28 million viewers. 
FX needs to hype TUF more.

Posted By: #Heel
Date Posted: 10/April/2012 at 09:48
Quote Friday's episode of WWE SmackDown scored a 1.93" rel="nofollow -

Posted By: NFaMouZ
Date Posted: 10/April/2012 at 10:13
Originally posted by #Heel #Heel wrote:

Quote Friday's episode of WWE SmackDown scored a 1.93" rel="nofollow - - cable

Posted By: thundarr2000
Date Posted: 10/April/2012 at 14:51
Reason 3 - Spring has sprung and all the ratings for Friday night were down. 
There's just more stuff to do on Friday nights now.  Plus all the teens & tweens probably went out to see the Hunger Games again. 
FYI... Ultimate Fighter Live on FX drew 947,000 viewers.  Yuuup!  They didn't even pull in a full million viewers.  Friday nights are just rough.

Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 12/April/2012 at 16:32
The rating for the live edition i'd imagine was up on the rating from last friday......

It's a shame we never seem to get a full ratings breakdown like we do for Raw.

We could then see just how much of a ratings killer the legends were.


Posted By: thundarr2000
Date Posted: 12/April/2012 at 17:22
Quote Last night's live WWE Super SmackDown special did a 1.5 cable rating, down from last Friday's 1.9 cable rating.
Smackdown got smoked by the combination of NBA games and the season premiere of Deadliest CatchDeadliest Catch is Discovery's highest rated show.  Ironically enough, Discovery sent one of the captains to WrestleMania Axxess to hype this season. 

Posted By: thundarr2000
Date Posted: 17/April/2012 at 16:55
Quote Last Friday's SmackDown replay garnered a 1.52 cable rating, outdrawing the program's live broadcast on Tuesday. The live show did a 1.50.

Friday's airing garnered 2,300,000 viewers, topping the live show's viewership of 2,250,000. Friday's replay also topped the previous live SmackDown replay on February 20, which averaged 2,240,000 viewers.
Right now, there's just less competition on Friday nights.  Tuesday has Deadliest Catch as the dominate cable show.  There's really nothing to challenge WWE on Friday.  UFC's Ultimate Fighter Live hasn't drawn crap for ratings.

Posted By: thundarr2000
Date Posted: 24/April/2012 at 03:46
Quote Last week’s edition of WWE Smackdown taped from London, England, scored a 1.80 cable rating with an average viewing audience of 2,730,00 viewers on SyFy. 
SmackDown actually beat the NBA game that was opposite them.  NBA netted 2.3 million viewers.  But SmackDown didn't win the title slot.  Disney channel grabbed 3.2 million with a rerun of Monsters Inc.

Posted By: #Heel
Date Posted: 08/May/2012 at 12:57
Quote The May 4th episode of WWE's" rel="nofollow -

Posted By: thundarr2000
Date Posted: 08/May/2012 at 17:34
The NBA game that aired against SD scored 2.8 million viewers.  So those 2 were the top draws on cable on Friday.  Friday night ratings were all in the toliet.  But seeing how The Avengers managed to rake in $207 million dollars at the box office over the weekend, I'm guessing a lot of people hit the theater and skipped TV.

Posted By: bigfloridapimp
Date Posted: 08/May/2012 at 17:47
207mil sounds like a disappointment. 


Posted By: thundarr2000
Date Posted: 08/May/2012 at 17:59
Huh?  Was that a joke or something?

Posted By: bigfloridapimp
Date Posted: 08/May/2012 at 18:16
Im surethe head honchos were expecting more. Didnt Iron Man 2 do better than that opening?


Posted By: DangerZone
Date Posted: 08/May/2012 at 18:20
£128m for Iron Man 2, AA is biggest grossing weekend ever.


Posted By: thundarr2000
Date Posted: 08/May/2012 at 18:32
$207.4 million is the largest opening weekend in US box office history.  According to Box Office Mojo, Iron Man2 is now 9th on the list of biggest opening weekends with $128 million. 

Posted By: bigfloridapimp
Date Posted: 08/May/2012 at 18:49


Posted By: #Heel
Date Posted: 08/May/2012 at 20:14
that record will probably be broken again when dark knight rises hits cinemas


Posted By: thundarr2000
Date Posted: 08/May/2012 at 22:00
And then again next year when Iron Man 3 comes out.
Then the following year when Avengers 2 comes out. 

Posted By: Willy1225
Date Posted: 09/May/2012 at 02:57
I dont usually come to this thread expecting to read such things like THERE WILL BE AN IRON MAN 3 AND AN AVENGERS 2,but that is awesome news to read thanks Thundarr.
And Yeah Dark Knight rises will own this box office record

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Posted By: thundarr2000
Date Posted: 09/May/2012 at 03:05
Jeez... this just kinda sums up the excitement of SmackDown right now.  We're all yapping about super hero movies now. 

Posted By: HBKDX97
Date Posted: 09/May/2012 at 05:01
They show it on Fridays. I do shit on Fridays.


Posted By: thundarr2000
Date Posted: 09/May/2012 at 05:20
Honestly, if I hear about something on SD that I want to see... I watch it online.  There's a bunch of different guys that upload it to YouTube on Thursdays.  Because the show airs a day early in several countries, most notably Australia. 

Posted By: thundarr2000
Date Posted: 30/May/2012 at 06:06
Quote Smackdown last week did a 1.87 cable rating with an average viewing audience of 2,626,000 viewers on SyFy. 
That's actually more viewers that I would think still watch.  The show hasn't really offered anything good in a while.

Posted By: #Heel
Date Posted: 30/May/2012 at 08:40
Originally posted by thundarr2000 thundarr2000 wrote:

Quote Smackdown last week did a 1.87 cable rating with an average viewing audience of 2,626,000 viewers on SyFy. 
That's actually more viewers that I would think still watch.  The show hasn't really offered anything good in a while.
i expect the ratings to drop more when raw goes to 3 hours - simply because everything decent about smackdown (other than ryback atm) seemingly gets more focus on raw and adding an extra hour means that smackdown will get a little more focus on raw so there will be less reason to watch smackdown


Posted By: thundarr2000
Date Posted: 30/May/2012 at 14:26
WWE uses the live Raw to reveal their big surprises.  While SD is left with the derp moments.  We don't even get the regular good wrestling match anymore. 

Posted By: DangerZone
Date Posted: 04/December/2012 at 10:43
Originally posted by wrote:

Friday's WWE Smackdown television show drew a 1.81 rating. It was the same rating the show drew the week before. Smackdown averaged 2.5 million viewers and finished sixth for the night on cable and ninth in the 18-34 demographic.

Cena's appearance couldn't improve ratings, would more advertisement have made a difference?


Posted By: ihatethatmonkee
Date Posted: 03/January/2013 at 05:47
the last Smackdown of 2012 pulled a 1.9 cable rating.
Originally posted by ewrestlingnews ewrestlingnews wrote:

The overall rating was up a bit from the 1.81 ratings at the end of November and the start of December prior to the Tuesday night special. The broadcast averaged 2.66 million viewers.

For cable TV on Friday night, SmackDown ranked #5 and #3 among males 18-34 & 18-49 behind ESPN college football bowl games. For the 8PM hour, SmackdDwn ranked #1 in the demos.
so, a pretty good showing really.


Posted By: thundarr2000
Date Posted: 22/May/2013 at 06:52
Quote Last week's episode of WWE SmackDown drew a 1.78 cable rating with 2.44 million viewers, the least watched-watched Friday SmackDown of the year.
But was probably still the highest rated regular show on SyFy.
The show wasn't bad. But it was a go-home show that offered no big surprises. There was also no NBA playoff games, so WWE can't even use that excuse.

I'm curious to see if this becomes a trend or not.

Posted By: Raven
Date Posted: 22/May/2013 at 07:42
I'm shocked it's anything more than 0 TBH.


Posted By: #Heel
Date Posted: 22/May/2013 at 19:51
They need Ziggler back to save them ......

In all honesty though even throughout the tour of Europe - the WHC has spent more time on raw than smackdown, the tag champs have spent more time on raw, the US champ and IC champ have done nothing, Ortons been booked poorly .... other than Mark Henry - What reason at this minute in time has any one actually got to watch smackdown?


Posted By: thundarr2000
Date Posted: 06/June/2013 at 00:38
Quote Friday's WWE Smackdown drew a 1.85 rating with 2.41 million viewers, slightly down from the previous week.
It's hard to get energized to even watch SmackDown these days. The big story stuff is kept on Raw. The lack of brand separation means that there's nobody that can only be seen on SD. It's not like when Edge was the headliner; if you wanted to see Edge you had to watch SD because he wasn't going to be Raw. 

Posted By: admin
Date Posted: 08/November/2017 at 22:43

This week’s episode of" rel="nofollow - WWE SmackDown Live did 2,603,000 viewers. This is up from the 2,119,000 viewers the show did last week. The show was headlined by a WWE Title match between AJ Styles and" rel="nofollow - Jinder Mahal .

SmackDown ranked second in the top 150 shows on cable for the night. Here are the viewership numbers for the show this year

1/3/17: 2,596,000

1/10/17: 2,533,000

1/17/17: 2,652,000

1/24/17: 2,556,000

1/31/17: 2,817,000

2/7/17: 2,627,000

2/14/17: 2,626,000

2/21/17: 2,792,000

2/28/17: 2,566,000

3/7/17: 2,738,000

3/14/17: 2,628,000

3/21/17: 2,647,000

3/28/17: 2,698,000

4/4/17: 2,885,000

4/11/17: 3,105,000

4/18/17: 2,544,000

4/25/17: 2,493,000

5/2/17: 2,300,000

5/9/17: 2,348,000

5/16/17: 2,175,000

5/23/17: 2,328,000

5/30/17: 2,350,000

6/6/17: 2,349,000

6/13/17: 2,072,000

6/20/17: 2,597,000

6/27/17: 2,603,000

7/4/17: 2,329,000

7/11/17: 2,465,000

7/18/17: 2,548,000

7/25/17: 2,535,000

8/1/17: 2,569,000

8/8/17: 2,584,000

8/15/17: 2,530,000

8/22/17: 2,685,000

8/29/17: 2,455,000

9/5/17: 2,582,000

9/12/17: 2,754,000

9/19/17: 2,510,000

9/26/17: 2,542,000

10/3/17: 2,323,000

10/10/17: 2,467,000

10/17/17: 2,320,000

10/24/17: 2,699,000

10/31/17: 2,119,000

11/7/17: 2,603,000

So night one and the title change adds half a million. Up to AJ now to maintain that figure or push it towards three million.
UK shows because of tape delay usually mean a decrease from the week before, so this is impressive even though it is a major title change.
They had one three million show this year and it surprisingly wasn't the one following Wrestlemania, but the week after that.


Posted By: Rico Len
Date Posted: 09/November/2017 at 01:17
Doesn't really mean shit though, the week earlier the ratings were basically the same as they were this week. Next week will tell the tale.


Posted By: ihatethatmonkee
Date Posted: 10/November/2017 at 09:47
does anyone know if announced a title change like they did with the Tag Titles on Raw the night before?


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