Ratings already declining with Sheamass as World Champ. Don't be surprised if they don't hit 3+ million viewers anymore while he's champ.
- Friday's episode of WWE Smackdown got a 1.80 rating with 2.73 million viewers, which is about flat with the show pre-WrestleMania. The viewership was identical with the last first-run Smackdown, which was the one immediately after WrestleMania. However, the show has shown a steady decline following each live Smackdown, as seen below:
* Jan. 6 - Feb. 17... 2.07 average rating pre-2/21 live special
* Mar. 2 - Apr. 6... 1.91 average rating pre-4/10 live special
* Apr. 20 - 1.80 rating
Among cable TV shows, Smackdown ranked #4 in viewers for the night. It was #1 in key male demographics for the first hour and #2 in the male demos for the second hour. All key demos were lower than the April 6th episode and about even with the pre-WrestleMania Smackdowns in March.
At the same time last year, Smackdown pulled in a 1.87 rating with 2.83 million viewers.