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WWE SmackDown Draws Highest Key Demo Rating in Nearly Three Years, Higher Rating Than John Cena Episode

January 31, 2023 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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Wrestlenomics has the final overnight viewership for last Friday’s edition of WWE SmackDown. Last week’s show was the go-home show before Saturday’s Royal Rumble 2023 event.

The final audience for WWE SmackDown last week was 2.544 million viewers, increasing from the 2.257 million viewers for the final audience for the previous week.

In the P18-49 key ratings demo, SmakcDown drew a 0.67 rating, moving up slightly from the overnight 0.65 rating. SmackDown was first for the night in the key demos for primetime broadcast programming. The final rating was higher than the final key demo rating for the December 30 episode, featuring John Cena wrestling in his only match for 2022.

That show drew a 0.64 rating. However, the average total viewership for that show was slightly higher at 2.629 million viewers.

The rating for the January 27 episode is the highest rating for SmackDown since March 27, 2020, nearly three years ago. That show drew a 0.8 rating in the same key demo.