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WWE News: Huge rise in SmackDown ratings

Johny Payne
2.79K   //    09 Nov 2017, 03:25 IST

AJ Styles shocked the world by winning the WWE Championship
AJ Styles shocked the world by winning the WWE Championship

What’s the story?

This week’s episode of SmackDown Live saw a big increase in ratings.

Apparently, the blue brand's viewership went from 2,119,000 for last week’s show to 2,603,000 for this week’s edition.

In case you didn’t know…

The WWE’s television ratings success plays a huge role in the promotion’s global dominance.

Speaking of which, the promotion’s ratings usually see a drop in the post-Wrestlemania season up until the Royal Rumble.

The heart of the matter

On that note, this week’s episode of SmackDown Live was headlined by a WWE Championship match between Jinder Mahal and AJ Styles—with hourly viewership peaking for the aforementioned main-event.

Furthermore, this week’s edition saw a considerable spike in viewership from last week’s 2,119,000 (October 31st) to this week’s 2,603,000 (November 7th). Here are the viewership numbers for SmackDown Live in the last three months—

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   

What’s next?

This week’s edition of the WWE’s Tuesday night flagship show generated major buzz, as the aftermath saw shockwaves sent throughout the professional wrestling community over Mahal losing the WWE Championship to Styles.

Next week’s episode of SmackDown Live airs from the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina on November 14th.

Author’s take

The WWE is heading forward full-steam as Survivor Series beckons.

Fans of the sport eagerly await the upcoming drama; especially given how crazy this week was for the WWE Universe!  

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