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WWE SmackDown Viewership Recovers Slightly Amid Playoff Competition

One Big Thing

Despite facing competition from the NBA and NHL playoffs, WWE SmackDown managed a slight recovery in viewership this week, with 2.148 million viewers tuning in.

By the Numbers

  • Total viewership: 2.148 million (up 5K from last week)
  • 18-49 demographic: 0.60 (up 3% from 0.58 last week)
  • SmackDown was #1 for the night in the 18-49 demographic

The Competition

  • SmackDown went head-to-head with two Game 6’s in the NBA and NHL Playoffs
  • Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Orlando Magic aired on ESPN
  • Vancouver Canucks vs. Nashville Predators aired on TNT

Backlash Go-Home Show

  • SmackDown took place in Lyon, France, serving as the go-home episode for Backlash
  • Grayson Waller and Austin Theory successfully defended the WWE Tag Team Championships over the Street Profits
  • Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Cody Rhodes faced off with AJ Styles ahead of their Backlash match

Why It Matters

While SmackDown’s viewership recovery was minimal, the show’s ability to maintain its audience amid fierce competition from the NBA and NHL playoffs demonstrates its staying power. As the playoffs continue, it will be crucial for WWE to deliver compelling storylines and matches to keep fans engaged.

What did you think of this week’s SmackDown? Did the show do enough to build excitement for Backlash? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts!

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