SmackDown falls to lowest since July 18-49 at the top of network schedules

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Friday Night SmackDown fell to its lowest viewership since fans returned to the arena while beating all network shows in the key demographic.

May 27e North Little Rock’s edition of SmackDown averaged 1,878,000 viewers and an estimated 561,000 (0.43) in the 18-49 demographic, according to Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics and Daily Showbuzz.

Overall viewership fell 7.5% and the 18-49 demo fell 4%.

This was SmackDown’s lowest average viewership since July 2, 2021, which was an episode staged inside the ThunderDome and coincided with a holiday weekend in the United States.

That said, SmackDown topped all of the network’s programming in the 18-49 demo, which was dampened by multiple networks airing repeats and no episodes of Shark Tank on ABC, which typically vies for the top spot with SmackDown.

Television was dominated by the NBA Conference Finals game between Miami and Boston which averaged 7,188,000 viewers and a staggering 2.41 rating in the 18-49 demo which began at 8:39 p.m. ET. The NHL playoff game between Colorado and St. Louis averaged 1,646,000 and 0.55 in 18-49 on TNT at 8:10 p.m. and dropped AEW Rampage to an earlier start time.

SmackDown suffered a giant 37% loss with adults 18-34 compared to the previous week’s episode, but also saw a 16% increase among adults 35-49.

In Canada, SmackDown averaged 145,100 viewers and 62,500 in the 25-54 demographic on Sportsnet 360. The sports ranking was led by the NHL game between Colorado and St. Louis, with SmackDown finishing seventh. in overall viewership and sixth in the demo.