Last week, Smackdown Live suffered from their lowest viewership since the draft, primarily because of the World Series and also the NBA Opening Night. This week’s Smackdown Live drew 2,178,000 viewers, slightly up from last week’s 2,127,000 viewers; and the ratings of 18 - 49 demographic was down to 0.67 from 0.69.
Smackdown Live was eighth, in overall viewership on cable, behind the Fox News show but had the highest rating, among 18 - 49 year-olds. MLB had a good 23 million viewers. Next week's Smackdown Live will be from Glasgow, Scotland, and it will be pre-taped.
However, expect the roughest ratings for the blue brand, since the draft next Tuesday since it is Election day in the United States. Moreover, since it is pretaped, there will be more people, who come across spoilers and then watch news channels to find out who the next President will be.
On the other hand, it may not be the lowest viewership in Smackdown history, as that was 900,000 or so, many years ago. Hopefully, on the November 15th edition of Smackdown Live, things will be back to normal.
The news broke out earlier that The Undertaker will appear on the 900th episode of Smackdown Live, on November 15th, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Pennsylvania. The arena's Facebook and Twitter page announced it themselves.
It will be interesting to see, as The Undertaker was the most integral part of Smackdown, during the first rendition of the brand split. When one thinks Smackdown, it is hard not to think of The Phenom. Perhaps, his presence will help to draw in viewers for the post-election Smackdown Live.
Next week’s Smackdown Live will feature a Smackdown Women’s Championship match, between Becky Lynch and Alexa Bliss. The challenger managed to get the better of the Champion this past week
The main event saw Dean Ambrose get his last chance against AJ Styles