SmackDown hasn’t had a great history of viewership when the show is moved to FS1 on Friday nights. Last night, SmackDown aired on FS1 due to the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
But according to the latest Fast Nationals data, SmackDown’s audience was significantly improved compared to the last time they were on FS1 last December.
This week’s episode of WWE SmackDown drew 1.182 million viewers, which is up 31% compared to the last time they aired on FS1 last year. This is also the highest total viewership for the blue brand has ever had while airing on that channel.
In addition to the viewership, the 18-49 demo was 448K, which is up 37% from the last episode.
Update: Wrestlenomics reports that 1.230 million viewers tuned in on Friday, and SmackDown scored a 0.36 rating in the 18 to 49 demographic.
The Bloodline Saga Continues
The July 21 episode of WWE SmackDown featured the latest chapter in the heated Bloodline storyline. Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns and Jey Uso had a showdown on the show. There, they discussed the “Rules of Engagement” ahead of their looming clash.
Elsewhere on the show, Dominik Mysterio defended the NXT North American Championship against Butch. Plus, Charlotte Flair defeated IYO SKY.
What do you make of these Fast National numbers? Do you think The Bloodline story brought in the increased viewership on Friday night? Let us know your thoughts by sounding off in the comments section below.