With John Cena returning and Goldberg arriving as the new Universal Champion, SmackDown drew its highest viewership number in months.
According to overnight numbers released by ShowBuzz Daily, the February 28 episode of SmackDown averaged 2.716 million viewers, which is the best viewership number the show has produced in 2020. It is also the most-watched episode of SmackDown since the October 11, 2019 episode and the third most-watched episode of SmackDown since it moved to FOX. For the month of February 2020, SmackDown averaged 2.558 million viewers per show (four episodes).
In the 18-49 demographic, SmackDown averaged 0.8 rating, higher than 0.7 rating last week's episode drew. Among all primetime programs that aired on CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX and CW for the day, SmackDown was the highest-rated show in that demographic.
Hour 1: 2.736 million viewers, 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic
Hour 2: 2.697 million viewers, 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic
Top 5 Most Viewed WWE SmackDown (2/28) Videos On YouTube:
John Cena's homecoming spoiled by "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt (1.1 million viewers)
Roman Reigns emerges as next challenger for Universal Champion Goldberg (661,000 viewers)
Braun Strowman signs up for 3-on-1 Handicap Match at Elimination Chamber (272,000 viewers)
The Miz & Morrison ordered to put titles on the line at Elimination Chamber (238,000 viewers)
For a full breakdown on viewership numbers from various wrestling programs, check out Fightful's resources page.