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Friday Night SmackDown Ratings – April 29th

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The total viewership and demo ratings for the latest instalment of Friday Night SmackDown have been revealed.

As reported by Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics, the April 29th episode of Friday Night SmackDown pulled in an average of 1,953,000 viewers. The show also scored a 0.38 rating in the 18-49 year-old demographic.

Thurston adds that the 18-49 demo rating is the lowest has has on record for the blue brand when it has aired in its regular timeslot. It should be noted that SmackDown was up against both the NFL draft and the NBA playoffs.

That viewing figure is a slight on the previous week where the blue brand held an average audience of 1,952,000 viewers with a 0.47 rating in the 18-49 year-old demographic.

SmackDown was taped on April 22nd due to WWE’s recent European tour.

On the April 29th edition of SmackDown, after weeks of running, Sami Zayn’s plans of keeping away from Drew McIntyre went up in smoke. After a Lumberjack Match ended in chaos the previous week, this time the pair met inside a Steel Cage. McIntyre unloaded weeks of pent-up frustration on the former Intercontinental Champion, wrapping up the win with a Claymore.

There were also wins for Ricochet who defended his Intercontinental Title against Shanky, before Raquel Rodriguez demolished Cat Cardonza on her main roster in-ring debut.

Elsewhere, the contract signing for the tag team unification match at WrestleMania Backlash got so out of hand that it has now been replaced by a six-man tag team bout. After Roman Reigns got involved, Drew McIntyre ran in to make the save, setting up the match for May 8th.

The show also saw Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair compete in a Beat the Clock challenge. While Rousey defeated Shotzi in short order, Aliyah refused to tap out in the Figure Eight handing the bragging rights to the former UFC star.

SmackDown Ratings

Date & EpisodeViewership
29/04/2022 Drew McIntyre vs. Sami Zayn (Cage Match)1,953,000
22/04/2022 Drew McIntyre vs. Sami Zayn1,952,000
15/04/2022 RK-Bro/The Usos segment2,142,000
8/04/22 Post-WrestleMania SmackDown2,230,000
1/04/22 WrestleMania SmackDown2,359,000
25/03/22 Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar confrontation2,180,000
18/03/22 Charlotte Flair, Ronda Rousey confrontation2,147,000
11/03/22 Ricochet vs. Sami Zayn2,226,000
4/03/22 Ronda Rousey vs. Sonya Deville2,261,000
25/02/22 Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar contract signing2,114,000
18/02/22 Roman Reigns, Goldberg face-to-face2,173,000
11/02/22 Naomi vs. Charlotte Flair2,231,000
04/02/22 Rousey-Flair Faceoff2,151,000
28/01/22 Roman-Seth Faceoff, Naomi vs. Sonya2,217,000
21/01/22 Usos vs. Seth & Owens2,255,000
14/01/22 Seth and Roman Faceoff.2,174,000
07/01/22 Usos vs. New Day Street Fight, Brock-Roman Face-off2,271,000