Coming off the record low set against the State of the Union address last week, SmackDown ratings increased by 11 percent, averaging 2.034 million viewers on Tuesday night.
SmackDown finished ninth for the night in terms of total viewers on cable. It went against big sports competition from a Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers NBA game on TNT and a Duke vs. Louisville college basketball game on ESPN. Curse of Oak Island on History Channel also had a season high of 3.7 million viewers.
SmackDown fell to third in the 18-49 demo this week with a 0.66 rating, trailing Curse of Oak Island and the Celtics game.
The show retained the usual 83 percent of the Raw audience from Monday night. Year-over-year, SmackDown was down 17 percent from the same week in 2018. That’s a slightly better percentage than Raw this week.
The hour-long gauntlet match that took up the second half of the show did not appear to be as big of a ratings success as when they did the same thing on Raw before Elimination Chamber 2018.
Here’s a look at the last 10 weeks of SmackDown numbers and how they compare to Raw’s from the same week: