According to ShowBuzz Daily, the first edition of WWE Smackdown in 2018, which featured an advertised main event of AJ Styles vs Sami Zayn in a non-title match, averaged 2.72 million viewers. This week’s number is up from last week’s 2.656 million viewership average, for a show which aired the night after Christmas.
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This week’s WWE Smackdown also featured a Tag Team Title match as well as the continuation of the tension between GM Daniel Bryan and Commissioner Shane McMahon.
This week’s WWE Smackdown ranked #5 in overall cable TV viewership for the night, behind programs such as “Curse of Oak Island”, “Fixer Upper”, Tucker Carlson and Hannity.
Comparatively, this week’s edition of WWE Raw, which was the first show of 2018 and aired on New Year’s Day, averaged 2.865 million viewers. The show featured Roman Reigns vs Samoa Joe for the WWE IC Title in a previously announced match, as well as more hype for the Royal Rumble PPV.
This week’s WWE Raw viewership is up from the previous week’s 2.703 million viewership average, for a show which aired on Christmas Day.