Source: Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics
Friday Night SmackDown on Fox averaged 2.169 million viewers for the August 6 episode, up 6.2 percent from the previous week.
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It’s SmackDown’s highest viewership since July 16, which was the first show in WWE’s return to touring. It’s also SmackDown’s second-best viewership since May 7.
In the 18-49 demo, SmackDown drew a 0.61 rating, up seven percent from the previous week. That’s also the second-best number for SmackDown since the May 7 episode. Actual viewership in that category was 792,000 viewers, up from 742,000 the previous week.
The year-over-year numbers continue to be strong for SmackDown. The overall audience was up 10.6 percent from this week in 2020, while the 18-49 demo was up 22 percent. This is comparing to the period where SmackDown numbers bottomed out prior to the introduction of the ThunderDome at the end of August.
As compared to the 10-week average prior to this week, as shown in the chart below, SmackDown was up 7.9 percent in overall viewership and up 15.1 percent in the 18-49 demo.