SmackDown's downward spiral in the viewership numbers comes to a halt as we see the first increase in weeks.
According to overnight numbers released by Showbuzz Daily, the May 8 episode of SmackDown averaged 2.040 million viewers, up from last week's 1.918 million viewers. This week's number is the first time that SmackDown viewership saw an increase since March 13, which was at the beginning of the no audience shows at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
In the 18-49 demographic, the show drew a 0.5 rating, the same as last week and the week prior as well. Between ABC, CBS, CW, FOX and NBC, ABC's Shark Tank & CBS' Magnum P.I, were the highest-rated shows in the 18-49 demographic, drawing a 0.7 rating.
Hour 1: 2.087 million viewers, 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic
Hour 2: 1.992 million viewers, 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic
Top 5 Most Viewed WWE SmackDown (5/1) Videos On YouTube
Lacey Evans & Tamina vs. Bayley & Sasha Banks: SmackDown (298,000 viewers)
Jeff Hardy stops Sheamus in his tracks with aerial assault (283,000 views)
Mandy Rose vs. Sonya Deville (261,000 views)
Sonya Deville snaps on Mandy Rose in vicious attack (245,000 views)
For a full breakdown on viewership numbers from various wrestling programs, check out Fightful's resources page.