PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents a special Thursday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast featuring a WrestleMania 36 Preview with ex-WWE Creative Team member and professional stand-up comedian Matt McCarthy.
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The Tuesday night (2/19) edition of WWE Smackdown Live on USA Network drew a 1.63 rating, up from last week’s 1.54 rating. It’s the 2019 high point for the show and the highest rating since Nov. 13, likely driven by Elimination Chamber fallout in general and Kofi-mania in particular, although anticipation that Becky Lynch might make another appearance despite being under contract and the chance to see the four NXT wrestlers again might have contributed to drawing viewers and retaining viewers during the two hours.
The February average is up to 1.52 after a slow start with a 1.39 rating on Feb. 5 up against President Trump’s “State of the Union” address. The 2019 average is 1.51 so far, below the 1.75 average from one year ago through this week.
One year ago Smackdown drew a 1.72 rating; two years ago Smackdown drew a 1.96 rating.
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