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WWE News: SmackDown Live ratings relatively steady ahead of WWE Backlash with multi-person main-event

With Rusev Day at hand, here's how SmackDown Live fared this week.

SENIOR ANALYST
News 03 May 2018, 08:41 IST
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The Rusev Day segment received an incredible reaction from the fans on this week's episode of SmackDown Live
The Rusev Day segment received an incredible reaction from the fans on this week's episode of SmackDown Live

What’s the story?

This week’s edition of SmackDown Live featured a 6-Woman Tag Team Match which headlined the show.

As reported by ShowBuzz Daily, the ratings remained relatively steady this week, with a slight drop from last week’s episode.

In case you didn’t know…

The May 1st, 2018 edition of SmackDown Live featured several notable segments including a rather telling segment between Samoa Joe, AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura.

Additionally, the episode also featured Big Cass playing mind-games with Daniel Bryan, whereas the main-event of the evening saw the Women’s Division take center-stage.

The heart of the matter

This week’s episode of SmackDown Live (May 1st, 2018) drew a viewership of 2.436 million.

The show was headlined by a 6-Woman Tag Team Match that saw Asuka, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair defeat WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Carmella, and The IIconics (Billie Kay & Peyton Royce).

On the other hand, last week’s episode of SmackDown Live (April 24th, 2018) garnered 2.549 million viewers.

Furthermore, the SmackDown Live viewership for the 2018 calendar year thus far, has been noted below—

January 2nd Episode: 2.720 million viewers

January 9th Episode: 2.603 million viewers

January 16th Episode: 2.602 million viewers

January 23rd Episode: 2.580 million viewers

January 30th Episode: 2.509 million viewers (Post-Royal Rumble Episode)

February 6th Episode: 2.505 million viewers

February 13th Episode: 2.449 million viewers

February 20th Episode: 2.613 million viewers

February 27th Episode: 2.692 million viewers

March 6th Episode: 2.590 million viewers

March 13th Episode: 2.771 million viewers (post-Fastlane episode)

March 20th Episode: 2.888 million viewers

March 27th Episode: 2.576 million viewers

April 3rd Episode: 2.467 million viewers

April 10th Episode: 2.952 million viewers (post-WrestleMania 34 episode)

April 17th Episode: 2.796 million viewers (Superstar Shakeup episode)

April 24th Episode: 2.549 million viewers

May 1st Episode: 2.436 million viewers

What’s next?

The WWE’s Backlash PPV takes place this weekend from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on May 6th.

The next episode of SmackDown Live airs from the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Maryland on May 8th.

Author’s take

Truth be told—WWE seem to be hitting the bulls-eye with the Women’s Division matchups.

Miniscule ups and downs in viewership are commonplace in the entertainment business, and as a whole, SmackDown Live viewership seems to be steady as a rock ahead of this Sunday’s Backlash PPV. 


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