Smackdown Viewership Down Again, Olympic Numbers Crushing

The WWE continues to take a big hit against the Olympics, as much like Raw, Smackdown viewership numbers are down this week.

According to Showbuzz Daily, Tuesday's episode of Smackdown drew only 2.455 million viewers, down from last week's 2.681 million. The program was #2 in the 18-49 demographic on Cable, trailing the Haves & Have Nots.

The summer Olympic games have been crushing the competition, per usual. The games have been reaching upwards of 30 million viewers some nights, as the United States has taken a lead in the medal count. Tuesday's showing of the Olympics did an impressive 33.4 million viewers, with ratings over 33 for the male and female 18-49 demographic.

Smackdown did take the lead among 18-49 males, with a 1.02 rating.

This week's episode of Smackdown featured the main roster in-ring debuts of Carmella and Alexa Bliss, and was headlined by Dolph Ziggler & Dean Ambrose taking on The Wyatt Family. Both John Cena and AJ Styles were absent from the show, as they were on WWE's overseas tour of New Zealand

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