Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/05/08/wwe-smackdown-follows-raw-with-a-small-increase/
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Tuesday’s episode of SmackDown Live mirrored Raw with an increase following each show’s lowest viewership total of the year last week.
SmackDown averaged 1,931,000 viewers on the USA Network, which was up 5% from last week. Last week’s number was the lowest SmackDown number since going live on Tuesday nights in July 2016.
This week’s show was still SmackDown’s third lowest of the year.
Tuesday’s competition featured the Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers playoff game that averaged 3,713,000 viewers on TNT and the St. Louis Blues vs. Dallas Stars game on NBC SN that did 1,861,000.
From year-to-year, SmackDown was down 15.7% from this week in 2018, which went against a Utah vs. Houston NBA game that did 4,082,000 viewers.
Next week’s episodes of Raw and SmackDown will be on a several hour tape delay with the shows taking place from the O2 Arena in London, England during the promotion’s European tour. They will also be the final shows leading into the Money in the Bank event that weekend.