WWE Smackdown rating/viewership for last Friday

Dec 20, 2021 - by Marc Middleton

Friday’s live WWE SmackDown drew an average of 2.303 million viewers on FOX, according to Nielsen, via Showbuzz Daily.

This final number is up 7.52% from last week’s final viewership of 2.142 million viewers, and up 4.07% from the overnight viewership released on Saturday morning, which was 2.213 million viewers.

Friday’s SmackDown drew a 0.52 rating in the key 18-49 demographic. This is up 4% from last week’s 0.50 rating. This week’s 0.52 key demo rating represents 682,000 18-49 viewers, which is up 5.08% from the 649,000 18-49 viewers that last week’s 0.50 key demo rating drew, according to Wrestlenomics.

SmackDown ranked #1 in ratings for the key 18-49 demographic on network TV, up from last week’s #2 ranking. SmackDown ranked #1 in the 18-34 demo this week, even with last week’s #1 ranking. SmackDown ranked #2 in the 25-54 demo, up from last week’s #5 ranking. SmackDown came in at #8 for the night in viewership on network TV, even with last week’s #8 ranking. Shark Tank on ABC topped the night on network TV in viewership this week with 3.669 million viewers.

Friday’s SmackDown drew the best audience for the show since September 10, and the best key demo rating since November 26. Friday’s viewership was up 7.52% from last week’s episode, while the key demo rating was up 4% from last week’s episode.

The NBA game between the Lakers and the Timber Wolves on ESPN topped the night on the Cable Top 150 with a 0.52 key demo rating, drawing 1.604 million viewers. The Five on FOX News topped the night on cable in viewership with 2.923 million viewers, ranking #18 on the Cable Top 150 with a 0.15 key demo rating.

Viewership for Friday’s SmackDown episode was up 123.6% from the same week in 2020, for an episode that aired on FS1, while Friday’s 18-49 key demo rating was up 73.3% from the same week in 2020.

Friday’s live SmackDown from the Allstate Arena near Chicago had just a few happenings advertised ahead of time – WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns returning after one week off, an appearance by Brock Lesnar, and Ridge Holland vs. Sheamus.

Stay tuned for more ratings data. Below is our 2021 SmackDown Viewership Tracker, along with the Top 10 moments from Friday’s show:

January 1 Episode: 2.013 million viewers with a 0.53 rating in the 18-49 demographic (New Year’s episode)
January 8 Episode: 2.120 million viewers with a 0.56 rating in the 18-49 demographic
January 15 Episode: 2.262 million viewers with a 0.67 rating in the 18-49 demographic
January 22 Episode: 2.383 million viewers with a 0.63 rating in the 18-49 demographic
January 29 Episode: 2.304 million viewers with a 0.62 rating in the 18-49 demographic
February 5 Episode: 2.257 million viewers with a 0.65 rating in the 18-49 demographic (post-Royal Rumble episode)
February 12 Episode: 1.990 million viewers with a 0.57 rating in the 18-49 demographic
February 19 Episode: 2.217 million viewers with a 0.59 rating in the 18-49 demographic
February 26 Episode: 2.145 million viewers with a 0.54 rating in the 18-49 demographic (post-Elimination Chamber episode)
March 5 Episode: 2.252 million viewers with a 0.60 rating in the 18-49 demographic
March 12 Episode: 2.171 million viewers with a 0.61 rating in the 18-49 demographic
March 19 Episode: 2.093 million viewers with a 0.57 rating in the 18-49 demographic
March 26 Episode: 2.191 million viewers with a 0.57 rating in the 18-49 demographic (post-Fastlane episode)
April 2 Episode: 2.137 million viewers with a 0.57 rating in the 18-49 demographic
April 9 Episode: 2.250 million viewers with a 0.61 rating in the 18-49 demographic
April 16 Episode: 2.119 million viewers with a 0.56 rating in the 18-49 demographic (post-WrestleMania 37 episode)
April 23 Episode: 2.121 million viewers with a 0.54 rating in the 18-49 demographic
April 30 Episode: 2.018 million viewers with a 0.49 rating in the 18-49 demographic
May 7 Episode: 2.282 million viewers with a 0.65 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Throwback episode)
May 14 Episode: 1.917 million viewers with a 0.44 rating in the 18-49 demographic
May 21 Episode: 1.933 million viewers with a 0.50 rating in the 18-49 demographic (post-WrestleMania Backlash episode)
May 28 Episode: 1.928 million viewers with a 0.50 rating in the 18-49 demographic
June 4 Episode: 1.883 million viewers with a 0.50 rating in the 18-49 demographic
June 11 Episode: 1.944 million viewers with a 0.48 rating in the 18-49 demographic
June 18 Episode: 2.045 million viewers with a 0.54 rating in the 18-49 demographic
June 25 Episode: 1.971 million viewers with a 0.54 rating in the 18-49 demographic (post-Hell In a Cell episode)
July 2 Episode: 1.861 million viewers with a 0.46 rating in the 18-49 demographic
July 9 Episode: 1.986 million viewers with a 0.48 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Final ThunderDome era)
July 16 Episode: 2.310 million viewers with a 0.66 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Return to the road episode)
July 23 Episode: 2.137 million viewers with a 0.55 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Post-Money In the Bank episode)
July 30 Episode: 2.043 million viewers with a 0.57 rating in the 18-49 demographic
August 6 Episode: 2.169 million viewers with a 0.61 rating in the 18-49 demographic
August 13 Episode: 2.084 million viewers with a 0.58 rating in the 18-49 demographic
last week was 2.093, 8/13 was 2.084, 7/30 was 2.043
August 20 Episode: 2.102 million viewers with a 0.57 rating in the 18-49 demographic
August 27 Episode: 2.250 million viewers with a 0.59 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Post-SummerSlam episode)
September 3 Episode: 2.220 million viewers with a 0.62 rating in the 18-49 demographic
September 10 Episode: 2.383 million viewers with a 0.65 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Super SmackDown episode)
September 17 Episode: 2.243 million viewers with a 0.58 rating in the 18-49 demographic
September 24 Episode: 2.135 million viewers with a 0.55 rating in the 18-49 demographic
October 1 Episode: 2.252 million viewers with a 0.62 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Draft Night 1 post-Extreme Rules episode)
October 8 Episode: 2.147 million viewers with a 0.52 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Season premiere episode)
October 15 Episode: 866,000 viewers with a 0.24 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Supersized episode on cable FS1)
October 22 Episode: 2.249 million viewers with a 0.58 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Post-Crown Jewel episode)
October 29 Episode: 1.032 million viewers with a 0.29 rating in the 18-49 demographic (FS1 episode)
November 5 Episode: 2.093 million viewers with a 0.57 rating in the 18-49 demographic
November 12 Episode: 2.104 million viewers with a 0.56 rating in the 18-49 demographic
November 19 Episode: 2.064 million viewers with a 0.52 rating in the 18-49 demographic
November 26 Episode: 2.149 million viewers with a 0.57 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Post-Survivor Series episode)
December 3 Episode: 2.030 million viewers with a 0.51 rating in the 18-49 demographic
December 10 Episode: 2.142 million viewers with a 0.50 rating in the 18-49 demographic
December 17 Episode: 2.303 million viewers with a 0.52 rating in the 18-49 demographic
December 24 Episode:

2020 Total: 113.372 million viewers
2020 Average: 2.180 million viewers per episode (2 FS1 airings)

2019 Total: 112.530 million viewers
2019 Average: 2.164 million viewers per episode (1 FS1 airing)

2018 Total: 122.304 million viewers
2018 Average: 2.352 million viewers per episode

2017 Total: 132.401 million viewers
2017 Average: 2.546 million viewers per episode

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