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WWE SmackDown Viewership and Key Demo Rating for the Season Premiere

WWE SmackDown Viewership and Key Demo Rating for the Season Premiere

Friday’s live WWE SmackDown season premiere drew an average of 2.147 million viewers on FOX, according to Nielsen, via Showbuzz Daily.

This final number is up 5.56% from the overnight viewership that was released on Saturday morning, which was an average of 2.034 million viewers. This number is down 4.66% from last week’s final viewership of 2.252 million viewers for the Draft Night 1 and post-Extreme Rules episode.

Friday’s SmackDown drew a 0.52 rating in the key 18-49 demographic. This is down 16.12% from last week’s 0.62 rating.

SmackDown ranked #1 in ratings for the key 18-49 demographic on network TV, for the third week in a row, but tying with Shark Tank on ABC. SmackDown ranked #2 in the 18-34 demo this week, for the second week in a row. SmackDown ranked #1 in the 25-54 demo, for the second week in a row. SmackDown came in at #7 for the night in viewership on network TV, up from last week’s #8 spot. Blue Bloods on CBS topped the night on network TV in viewership this week with 5.999 million viewers.

The MLB Division Series game between the Dodgers and the Giants on TBS topped the night on the Cable Top 150 with a 1.08 key demo rating. The MLB Division Series game on TBS also topped the night on cable in viewership with 3.982 million viewers.

Friday’s SmackDown drew the lowest key demo rating since fans returned to the live crowd. Friday’s viewership was up 5.48% from the week before, while the key demo rating was up 12.72% from the week before.

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Viewership for Friday’s SmackDown episode was down 1.4% from the same week in 2020, while Friday’s 18-49 key demo rating was down 13.3% from the same week in 2020.

Friday’s live SmackDown season premiere episode from the the SAP Center in San Jose, CA had just a few happenings advertised ahead of time – Sami Zayn vs. Rey Mysterio in a first round King of the Ring Tournament match, Liv Morgan vs. Carmella in a first round match for the inaugural Queen’s Crown Tournament, plus a WWE Crown Jewel contract signing with Sasha Banks, Bianca Belair and SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch.

Stay tuned for more ratings data. Below is our 2021 SmackDown Viewership Tracker, along with the Top 10 moments from Friday’s show:

January 1 Episode: 2.013 million viewers with a 0.53 rating in the 18-49 demographic (New Year’s episode)
January 8 Episode: 2.120 million viewers with a 0.56 rating in the 18-49 demographic
January 15 Episode: 2.262 million viewers with a 0.67 rating in the 18-49 demographic
January 22 Episode: 2.383 million viewers with a 0.63 rating in the 18-49 demographic
January 29 Episode: 2.304 million viewers with a 0.62 rating in the 18-49 demographic
February 5 Episode: 2.257 million viewers with a 0.65 rating in the 18-49 demographic (post-Royal Rumble episode)
February 12 Episode: 1.990 million viewers with a 0.57 rating in the 18-49 demographic
February 19 Episode: 2.217 million viewers with a 0.59 rating in the 18-49 demographic
February 26 Episode: 2.145 million viewers with a 0.54 rating in the 18-49 demographic (post-Elimination Chamber episode)
March 5 Episode: 2.252 million viewers with a 0.60 rating in the 18-49 demographic
March 12 Episode: 2.171 million viewers with a 0.61 rating in the 18-49 demographic
March 19 Episode: 2.093 million viewers with a 0.57 rating in the 18-49 demographic
March 26 Episode: 2.191 million viewers with a 0.57 rating in the 18-49 demographic (post-Fastlane episode)
April 2 Episode: 2.137 million viewers with a 0.57 rating in the 18-49 demographic
April 9 Episode: 2.250 million viewers with a 0.61 rating in the 18-49 demographic
April 16 Episode: 2.119 million viewers with a 0.56 rating in the 18-49 demographic (post-WrestleMania 37 episode)
April 23 Episode: 2.121 million viewers with a 0.54 rating in the 18-49 demographic
April 30 Episode: 2.018 million viewers with a 0.49 rating in the 18-49 demographic
May 7 Episode: 2.282 million viewers with a 0.65 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Throwback episode)
May 14 Episode: 1.917 million viewers with a 0.44 rating in the 18-49 demographic
May 21 Episode: 1.933 million viewers with a 0.50 rating in the 18-49 demographic (post-WrestleMania Backlash episode)
May 28 Episode: 1.928 million viewers with a 0.50 rating in the 18-49 demographic
June 4 Episode: 1.883 million viewers with a 0.50 rating in the 18-49 demographic
June 11 Episode: 1.944 million viewers with a 0.48 rating in the 18-49 demographic
June 18 Episode: 2.045 million viewers with a 0.54 rating in the 18-49 demographic
June 25 Episode: 1.971 million viewers with a 0.54 rating in the 18-49 demographic (post-Hell In a Cell episode)
July 2 Episode: 1.861 million viewers with a 0.46 rating in the 18-49 demographic
July 9 Episode: 1.986 million viewers with a 0.48 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Final ThunderDome era)
July 16 Episode: 2.310 million viewers with a 0.66 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Return to the road episode)
July 23 Episode: 2.137 million viewers with a 0.55 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Post-Money In the Bank episode)
July 30 Episode: 2.043 million viewers with a 0.57 rating in the 18-49 demographic
August 6 Episode: 2.169 million viewers with a 0.61 rating in the 18-49 demographic
August 13 Episode: 2.084 million viewers with a 0.58 rating in the 18-49 demographic
August 20 Episode: 2.102 million viewers with a 0.57 rating in the 18-49 demographic
August 27 Episode: 2.250 million viewers with a 0.59 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Post-SummerSlam episode)
September 3 Episode: 2.220 million viewers with a 0.62 rating in the 18-49 demographic
September 10 Episode: 2.383 million viewers with a 0.65 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Super SmackDown episode)
September 17 Episode: 2.243 million viewers with a 0.58 rating in the 18-49 demographic
September 24 Episode: 2.135 million viewers with a 0.55 rating in the 18-49 demographic
October 1 Episode: 2.252 million viewers with a 0.62 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Draft Night 1 post-Extreme Rules episode)
October 8 Episode: 2.147 million viewers with a 0.52 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Season premiere episode)
October 15 Episode:

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2020 Total: 113.372 million viewers
2020 Average: 2.180 million viewers per episode (2 FS1 airings)

2019 Total: 112.530 million viewers
2019 Average: 2.164 million viewers per episode (1 FS1 airing)

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2018 Total: 122.304 million viewers
2018 Average: 2.352 million viewers per episode

2017 Total: 132.401 million viewers
2017 Average: 2.546 million viewers per episode

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