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5/12 WWE Smackdown TV Ratings – audience dips from last week

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This week’s WWE Smackdown slid to a near-year-low against the NBA Playoffs.

WWE Smackdown TV Ratings Tracking

May 12:¬†Thursday’s Smackdown scored a 1.59 TV rating on USA Network, down from a 1.65 rating last week.

Smackdown nearly dipped back to the year-low 1.54 TV rating on April 28 leading into Payback.

Despite the overall TV rating dipping, the key demographics held up reasonably well. Males 18-34 and males 18-49 inched up from last week, but adults 18-49 fell slightly.

Overall, the demos were a wash against the NBA Playoffs, which drew 5.229 million viewers on ESPN.

– Smackdown drew 2.262 million viewers on Thursday night, down four percent (about 84,000 viewers) from last week’s audience of 2.346 million viewers.

РThrough the first six weeks of the second quarter, Smackdown has not reached the First Quarter average of a 1.77 rating and 2.481 million average viewers per episode.