WWE Smackdown rating/viewership for last Friday

Aug 1, 2022 - by Marc Middleton

Friday’s live SummerSlam go-home edition of WWE SmackDown drew an average of 2.193 million viewers on FOX, according to Nielsen, via Showbuzz Daily.

This final number is down 2.79% from the previous week’s final viewership of 2.256 million viewers.

Friday’s SmackDown drew a 0.52 rating in the key 18-49 demographic. This is down 16.12% from the previous week’s 0.62 rating. This week’s 0.52 key demo rating represents 678,000 18-49 viewers, which is down 16.19% from the 809,000 18-49 viewers that the previous week’s 0.62 key demo rating drew, according to Wrestlenomics.

SmackDown ranked #1 in ratings for the key 18-49 demographic on network TV, even with the previous week’s #1 ranking, and the week before that. SmackDown ranked #1 in the 18-34 demo this week, even with the previous week’s #1 ranking. SmackDown ranked #1 in the 25-54 demo, even with the previous week’s #1 ranking, and the four weeks before that. SmackDown came in at #6 for the night in viewership on network TV, down from the previous week’s #5 ranking. While SmackDown topped the night on network TV in the key demographic, Blue Bloods on CBS topped the night in viewership with 2.869 million viewers, also drawing a 0.20 key demo rating.

Friday’s live SmackDown drew the twelfth-highest viewership of the year, and the twelfth-highest key demo rating of the year. There was no sports competition this past Friday night. Friday’s viewership was down 2.79% from the previous week’s episode, while the key demo rating was down 16.12% from the previous week’s episode.

On Patrol on Reelz topped the night on the Cable Top 150 with a 0.23 key demo rating, also drawing 1.049 million viewers. The Five on FOX News topped the night on cable in viewership with 2.951 million viewers, also drawing a 0.18 key demo rating for the #2 spot on the Cable Top 150.

Viewership for Friday’s SmackDown episode was up 7.34% from the same week in 2021, while Friday’s 18-49 key demo rating was down 8.77% from the same week in 2021.

Friday’s SummerSlam go-home SmackDown aired live from the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA, with the following line-up advertised – Drew McIntyre vs. Sheamus in a Donnybrook Match to determine the #1 contender to the Undisputed WWE Universal Title at Clash at The Castle (which was the opener), the final SummerSlam build, Maxxine Dupri and the Maximum Male Models revealing their 2022 SummerSlam Beachwear Collection, The New Day vs. The Viking Raiders, Lacey Evans vs. Aliyah, and an appearance by Brock Lesnar, which ended up happening in the show-closing segment with Paul Heyman.

Stay tuned for more ratings data. Below is our 2022 SmackDown Viewership Tracker, along with the Top 10 moments from Friday’s show:

January 7 Episode: 2.271 million viewers with a 0.58 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Post-Day 1 episode)
January 14 Episode: 2.174 million viewers with a 0.56 rating in the 18-49 demographic
January 21 Episode: 2.255 million viewers with a 0.64 rating in the 18-49 demographic
January 28 Episode: 2.217 million viewers with a 0.56 rating in the 18-49 demographic
February 4 Episode: 2.151 million viewers with a 0.51 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Post-Royal Rumble episode)
February 11 Episode: 2.231 million viewers with a 0.55 rating in the 18-49 demographic
February 18 Episode: 2.173 million viewers with a 0.54 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Taped episode)
February 25 Episode: 2.114 million viewers with a 0.57 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Post-Elimination Chamber episode)
March 4 Episode: 2.261 million viewers with a 0.59 rating in the 18-49 demographic
March 11 Episode: 2.226 million viewers with a 0.57 rating in the 18-49 demographic
March 18 Episode: 2.147 million viewers with a 0.58 rating in the 18-49 demographic
March 25 Episode: 2.180 million viewers with a 0.49 rating in the 18-49 demographic
April 1 Episode: 2.359 million viewers with a 0.61 rating in the 18-49 demographic (WrestleMania SmackDown episode)
April 8 Episode: 2.230 million viewers with a 0.60 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Post-WrestleMania 38 episode)
April 15 Episode: 2.142 million viewers with a 0.48 rating in the 18-49 demographic
April 22 Episode: 1.952 million viewers with a 0.47 rating in the 18-49 demographic
April 29 Episode: 1.953 million viewers with a 0.38 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Taped episode)
May 6 Episode: 1.998 million viewers with a 0.46 rating in the 18-49 demographic
May 13 Episode: 1.893 million viewers with a 0.40 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Post-WrestleMania Backlash episode)
May 20 Episode: 2.031 million viewers with a 0.45 rating in the 18-49 demographic
May 27 Episode: 1.878 million viewers with a 0.43 rating in the 18-49 demographic
June 3 Episode: 1.939 million viewers with a 0.47 rating in the 18-49 demographic
June 10 Episode: 1.914 million viewers with a 0.44 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Post-Hell In a Cell episode)
June 17 Episode: 2.389 million viewers with a 0.62 rating in the 18-49 demographic
June 24 Episode: 2.231 million viewers with a 0.53 rating in the 18-49 demographic
July 1 Episode: 2.142 million viewers with a 0.49 rating in the 18-49 demographic
July 8 Episode: 2.129 million viewers with a 0.47 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Post-Money In the Bank episode)
July 15 Episode: 2.077 million viewers with a 0.47 rating in the 18-49 demographic
July 22 Episode: 2.256 million viewers with a 0.62 rating in the 18-49 demographic
July 29 Episode: 2.193 million viewers with a 0.52 rating in the 18-49 demographic
August 5 Episode:

2021 Viewership Average: 2.050 million viewers per episode (2,082,154 without Best Of episode)
2021 18-49 Key Demo Rating Average: 0.54 rating per episode (0.55 without Best Of episode)

2021 FOX Viewership Average: 2.127 million viewers per episode
2021 FOX 18-49 Key Demo Rating Average: 0.56 rating per episode

2021 FS1 Viewership Average: 758,667 viewers per episode (includes Best Of episode; 949,000 without it)
2021 FS1 18-49 Key Demo Rating Average: 0.20 rating per episode (includes Best Of episode; 0.27 without it)

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

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

2018 Viewership Average: 2.352 million viewers per episode

2017 Viewership Average: 2.546 million viewers per episode

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