With Money in the Bank a thing of the past and Extreme Rules coming our way next month, it’s time to see how Raw and SmackDown Live fared in terms of viewership, as they kicked off the road to July 15.
Last week’s Raw clocked in at 2.73 million viewers, an improvement on the 2.525 million that tuned in a week prior.
The increase was of course to be expected, with last week being the final episode before Money in the Bank, which took place this past Sunday.
There was nothing advertised in terms of matches before the show, with the main selling point being the fallout from Money in the Bank.
Despite the lack of prior build, this week saw an increase to 2.903 million viewers, which means Raw has increased for the third straight week.
The figure is still under three million though, which should be the benchmark for a decent week. In fact, the red brand hasn’t reached that total since April.
It’s certainly getting closer though. This week is the closest to the three million mark since the 3.066 million total that Raw received on April 30.
Source: ShowBuzz Daily
Last week, SmackDown increased in viewership for the first time since the post-WrestleMania 34 edition, posting 2.183 million viewers.
Unlike its red counterpart, SmackDown had a lot of the show confirmed beforehand, with the following being advertised:
- SAnitY vs. The Usos (Which never actually happened)
- Becky Lynch vs. Billie Kay
- Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. Gallows and Anderson – WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championships
- 5-Man Gauntlet Match – WWE Championship Number One Contendership
- Daniel Bryan
- Big E
- Samoa Joe
- The Miz
Alas, for the second week in a row, more people tuned into SmackDown than last, with 2.315 million viewers bearing witness to the best Rusev Day yet.
I referred to the post ‘Mania episode from April 10 earlier, and just to give you more of a picture of where things are currently at, that show was watched by 2.952 million viewers.
Which means that, although things are looking up for ‘Team Blue’, it’s still far below how many were tuning in only three months ago.
Source: ShowBuzz Daily
Another good week all round, with both Raw and SmackDown drawing more viewers than last week.
With the WWE Championship match already confirmed as the blue side’s Extreme Rules 2018 main event, with AJ Styles defending against Rusev, and a WWE Intercontintental Championship rematch set between Seth Rollins and new champ Dolph Ziggler next week on Raw, I’d say I’m expecting to be seeing yet another improvement on both sides next week.
Raw and SmackDown were both much better this week. But which was superior? Find out in the ninth edition of ‘Raw vs. SmackDown‘.
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