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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.
– Through 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.