Smackdown’s TV Ratings Rise While Raw’s Nosedive!

This week’s edition of Monday Night Raw, which was headlined by Braun Strowman destroying Kane after the Big Red Machine had faced both Jason Jordan and Finn Balor. The show received 2,759,000 overall viewers this week which is down by over 300K viewers from last week.

This is how the show did each hour:

Hour one – 2,956,000 viewers
Hour two – 2,720,000 viewers
Hour three – 2,601,000 viewers
Average – 2,759,000 viewers

In comparison,  this week’s edition of WWE SmackDown Live, which featured the main event of Randy Orton taking on Kevin Owens in a No DQ match, drew 2,680,000 viewers which is an increase of 80K viewers from last week.

Authors Take: Smackdown Live has had a rough 2017 after all the highs of 2016! From realistically getting the shaft in the “Superstar Shakeup” to having a five-month Jinder Mahal Title run that was poison to both Live Attendance figures and TV ratings. Vince McMahon seemingly went out of his way to tell fans that Smackdown Live was the “B-Show” this year!    

However, thanks to the never-ending painful slog that is Raw’s third hour, Vince seemingly giving up on the Jinder experiment and Smackdown featuring more creative storylines than Raw the last few weeks…The Blue brand is starting to bounce back.