Last night’s episode of WWE SmackDown was the go-home show before WrestleMania 39 and the preliminary overnight numbers are in.
According to SpoilerTV, the show averaged 2.389 million viewers, based on 2.364 million viewers for Hour 1 and 2.415 million viewers for Hour 2.
The overnight audience was higher than last week’s show, which averaged 2.121 million viewers. For comparison, the final audience for last week’s show was 2.219 million viewers, so the overnight audience was higher than the final.
WWE SmackDown also topped the primetime network programming in the key demo ratings for Friday, with an average rating of 0.64, up from last week’s overnight rating of 0.53. The final key demo rating for last week was 0.58, so the overnight number was actually higher.
While Blue Bloods on CBS topped the Friday primetime network programming with 5.189 million viewers, it’s still impressive for WWE SmackDown to have strong overnight numbers heading into WrestleMania weekend.
What do you think of the overnight ratings for last night’s WWE SmackDown, and do you think the show’s buildup to WrestleMania 39 has been effective? Leave a comment.