News SmackDown numbers up, but still below 2 million

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After another record low viewership number last Tuesday, SmackDown rebounded a bit without any NBA competition on May 21 (see what I did there?).

At 1,983,000, the blue brand’s audience was up more than 150K viewers this week. Without the Golden State Warriors or new Curse of Oak Island going against them, WWE surely would have liked to get back above 2 million. But a win is a win.

And the only shows which drew over 2 million on cable last night were the usual MSNBC & Fox News shows. SmackDown was the 8th most watched cable original, after Hannity, Maddow, Carlson and the like.

Ratings were also up, but a sport did keep WWE from winning the night in that category. SmackDown’s .61 share of the overall 18 - 49 year old audience was second behind the NHL Conference Final game between San Jose and St. Louis.

Miz & Mrs took advantage of its lead-in’s improved numbers, picking up more than 25K viewers to register an audience of 1,037,000. The reality show’s rating dipped to a .37, however.

Has WWE Wild Card-ed their way to a solution to turn things around? Here are SmackDown’s numbers from the past six months for you to consider while you think about that question:

May 14 - 1.83 / .56
May 7 - 1.93 / .58
April 30 - 1.83 / .54
April 23 - 2.07 / .71
April 16 - 2.22 / .74
April 9 - 2.2 / .78
April 2 - 2.14 / .71
Mar. 26 - 2.39 / .79
Mar. 19 - 2.21 / .74
Mar. 12 - 2.2 / .71
Mar. 5 - 2.16 / .7
Feb. 26 - 2.15 / .76
Feb. 19 - 2.27 / .75
Feb. 12 - 2.03 / .66
Feb. 5 - 1.84 / .64
Jan. 29 - 2.14 / .7
Jan. 22 - 2.14 / .69
Jan. 15 - 2.14 / .7
Jan. 8 - 2.03 million / .72
Jan. 1 - 2.09 million / .68
Dec. 25 - 1.9 million / .61
Dec. 18 - 2.21 million / .74
Dec. 11 - 1.98 million / .68
Dec. 4 - 1.95 million / .66
Nov. 27 - 2.26 million / .81
Nov. 20 - 2.15 million / .69
Nov. 13 - 2.31 million / .90
Nov. 6 - 2.1 million / .68

For complete results and the live blog for SmackDown this week click here. To read a complete recap & review of all the night’s events click here. For a full playlist of the show click here.

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