Despite Raw the night before falling 11 percent in the ratings, SmackDown did essentially the same number as last week with an average of 2.142 million viewers tuning in for Tuesday night’s show.
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This was an above average retention of 87 percent of the Raw viewership, likely due to the fact that SmackDown faced weaker-than-usual competition, with the series premiere of Celebrity Big Brother, featuring former WWE wrestler Eva Marie, doing less than five million viewers. That replaced NCIS, which usually has an audience between 10 and 12 million.
The only major sports competition was an NCAA basketball game on ESPN that did 1.436 million viewers.
SmackDown finished ninth for the night in total viewership but was second in the 18-49 demo with a 0.69 rating — both right around where SmackDown usually finishes.
Year-over-year, SmackDown was down 17 percent, almost the same as last week and pretty much average for what the show has been doing of late.
Here’s a look at the last 10 weeks of SmackDown numbers and how they compare to Raw’s from the same week: