SmackDown ratings hold steady against the Olympics

Last night’s SmackDown Live on the USA Network did 2,471,000 viewers for the two hour broadcast, virtually identical to last week’s 2,455,000.

The show was fourth for night on cable in terms of total viewers behind The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity, and The Haves and Have Nots. The show did finish number one in the 18-49 demo with a 0.82 rating. NBC’s Olympic coverage was down to 23.1 million viewers after averaging 33.4 million the previous Tuesday.

Like last week, SmackDown retained about 85% of the RAW audience, slightly higher than the first two weeks of the brand split after the inaugural draft.

The show is still up from the 2.1-2.2 million range that it was doing prior to the brand split and the move to a live show on Tuesdays. Especially considering that the last couple weeks have been against competition from the Olympics, that has to be considered a good sign.