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the contract signing for the tag team unification match at WrestleMania Backlash got so out of hand that it has now been replaced by a six-man tag team bout.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.
|Date & Episode||Viewership|
|29/04/2022 Drew McIntyre vs. Sami Zayn (Cage Match)||1,953,000|
|22/04/2022 Drew McIntyre vs. Sami Zayn||1,952,000|
|15/04/2022 RK-Bro/The Usos segment||2,142,000|
|8/04/22 Post-WrestleMania SmackDown||2,230,000|
|1/04/22 WrestleMania SmackDown||2,359,000|
|25/03/22 Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar confrontation||2,180,000|
|18/03/22 Charlotte Flair, Ronda Rousey confrontation||2,147,000|
|11/03/22 Ricochet vs. Sami Zayn||2,226,000|
|4/03/22 Ronda Rousey vs. Sonya Deville||2,261,000|
|25/02/22 Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar contract signing||2,114,000|
|18/02/22 Roman Reigns, Goldberg face-to-face||2,173,000|
|11/02/22 Naomi vs. Charlotte Flair||2,231,000|
|04/02/22 Rousey-Flair Faceoff||2,151,000|
|28/01/22 Roman-Seth Faceoff, Naomi vs. Sonya||2,217,000|
|21/01/22 Usos vs. Seth & Owens||2,255,000|
|14/01/22 Seth and Roman Faceoff.||2,174,000|
|07/01/22 Usos vs. New Day Street Fight, Brock-Roman Face-off||2,271,000|