WWE SmackDown ratings up for last episode from ThunderDome

Source: Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics

The Friday, July 9 episode of SmackDown averaged 1.986 million viewers on Fox, up 6.7 percent from the previous week.

It’s the second-highest viewership for SmackDown since May 7.

In the 18-49 demo, SmackDown drew a 0.48 rating, up 4.3 percent from the previous week. The actual viewership number in that category was 625,000, up from the 597,000 viewers it drew in 18-49 the previous week.

As shown in the chart below, SmackDown’s viewership was up slightly from the 10-week average. The 18-49 number was down from the 10-week average.

Year-over-year, SmackDown was up 4.5 percent in overall viewership and up three percent in the 18-49 demo.

This was the final SmackDown episode from the WWE ThunderDome. WWE returns to touring starting with this Friday’s SmackDown, which is taking place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

Here’s a look at the last 11 weeks of overall viewership and 18-49 demo ratings for SmackDown, along with the 10-week average in both categories prior to last week: