SmackDown Audience Falls Below 2 Million Viewers, Ties First Place With NFL Draft in Ratings

Posted By James Walsh on 05/01/21

Showbuzz Daily has the overnight ratings for last nightís episode of SmackDown on FOX. As noted, last nightís show featured Universal champion Roman Reigns defeated Daniel Bryan in a title match, where as a result of losing, Daniel Bryan is now gone from SmackDown.

The overnight audience for last nightís show fell below two million viewers. The FOX Network broadcast averaged 1.923 million viewers for Friday night. Thatís based off of 1.875 million viewers for Hour 1 and 1.971 million viewers for Hour 2.

Thatís down from the final viewing audience of 2.121 million viewers for last weekís show. For comparison, the overnight audience for last weekís SmackDown was 2.042 million viewers, so the overnight number was still able to barely hover over two million viewers.

In the P18-49 key demo rating, SmackDown averaged a 0.5 over its two-hour broadcast. Thatís slightly down from the final rating of 0.54 in the key demo for the April 23 episode. However, itís identical to the overnight number for the same episode.

Some good news is that in the key ratings demo, SmackDown did manage to come in first place, tying with the first hour of the 2021 NFL Draft, which also drew a 0.5 rating in the key demo.

Blue Bloods topped the viewership for Friday night with 6.154 million viewers.