SmackDown overnight ratings up slightly for WWE Draft night one

Going up against game five of the NBA Finals, overnight ratings for SmackDown saw the show’s overall viewership rise 2.2 percent from last week’s overnight number, averaging 2.087 million viewers. That’s down 27.5 percent from one year ago this week, which was the first night of the 2019 WWE draft. 

The only show on the major networks that last night’s SmackDown beat in viewership was a repeat of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior. The basketball game averaged 5.7 million viewers. The opening hour of the game, which ran against the second hour of SmackDown, averaged 5.3 million viewers.

SmackDown opened with 2.156 million viewers in hour one and dropped seven percent in hour two to 2.017 million viewers, which coincided with the start of the basketball game.

In the 18-34 demo, SmackDown averaged a 0.3 rating, up 20 percent from last week’s overnight number. That beat everything except basketball-related programming on ABC. SmackDown was up 9.1 percent from last week’s overnight number in 18-49, averaging a 0.6 rating. That also beat everything on the networks with the exception of ABC. 

The demo numbers were down 57.1 percent and 40 percent respectively from the same week in 2019.

In the final ratings, last week’s SmackDown averaged 2.155 million viewers.

Here’s a look at the last 10 weeks of SmackDown overnight viewership and key ratings demo numbers:

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