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WWE SmackDown 4/29/22 draws lowest key demo rating in normal timeslot

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The latest edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown saw the ratings be mixed. The show averaged 1.953 million viewers on FOX, which is up from 1.952 million a week ago, according to Brandon Thurston of WrestleNomics.

In the all-important 18-49 demographic, the show did a 0.38 rating, down from the 0.47 rating a week ago. Last week’s episode was the total viewership that SmackDown has drawn since July 2nd, which was when WWE still aired TV from the ThunderDome. This week the key demo was the lowest ever in its normal timeslot.

NBA playoffs and the second night of the Draft on ESPN dominated the night. Here’s the breakdown in each demo for the show compared to last week:

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Viewers 18-34 – 0.22 – a week ago: 0.26
Viewers 18-49 – 0.38 – a week ago: 0.47
Viewers 25-54 – 0.55 – a week ago: 0.63
Female viewers 18-49 - 3.0 – a week ago: 4.0
Male viewers 18-49 - 4.1– a week ago: 5.0
Viewers 50+ - 3.1 – a week ago: 2.7

Here is a list of total viewership and the key demo rating that SmackDown has done over the last year:

1/1/21: 2,013,000 viewers - 0.53 key demo rating
1/8/21: 2,120,000 viewers - 0.56 key demo rating
1/15/21: 2,262,000 viewers - 0.67 key demo rating
1/22/21: 2,383,000 viewers - 0.63 key demo rating
1/29/21: 2,304,000 viewers - 0.62 key demo rating
2/5/21: 2,257,000 viewers - 0.65 key demo rating
2/12/21: 1,990,000 viewers - 0.57 key demo rating
2/19/21: 2,217,000 viewers - 0.59 key demo rating
2/26/21: 2,145,000 viewers - 0.54 key demo rating
3/5/21: 2,252,000 viewers - 0.60 key demo rating
3/12/21: 2,171,000 viewers - 0.61 key demo rating
3/19/21: 2,093,000 viewers - 0.57 key demo rating
3/26/21: 2,191,000 viewers - 0.57 key demo rating
4/2/21: 2,137,000 viewers - 0.57 key demo rating
4/9/21: 2,250,000 viewers - 0.61 key demo rating
4/16/21: 2,119,000 viewers - 0.56 key demo rating
4/23/21: 2,121,000 viewers - 0.54 key demo rating
4/30/21: 2,018,000 viewers - 0.49 key demo rating
5/7/21: 2,282,000 viewers - 0.65 key demo rating
5/14/21: 1,917,000 viewers - 0.44 key demo rating
5/21/21: 1,933,000 viewers - 0.50 key demo rating
5/28/21: 1,928,000 viewers - 0.50 key demo rating
6/4/21: 1,833,000 viewers - 0.51 key demo rating
6/11/21: 1,944,000 viewers - 0.48 key demo rating
6/18/21: 2,045,000 viewers - 0.50 key demo rating
6/25/21: 1,971,000 viewers - 0.50 key demo rating
7/2/21: 1,861,000 viewers - 0.51 key demo rating
7/9/21: 1,986,000 viewers - 0.48 key demo rating
7/16/21: 2,310,000 viewers - 0.66 key demo rating - first show back with fans and MITB go-home show
7/23/21: 2,137,000 viewers - 0.55 key demo rating - post-MITB show
7/30/21: 2,043,000 viewers - 0.57 key demo rating
8/6/21: 2,169,000 viewers - 0.61 key demo rating
8/13/21: 2,084,000 viewers - 0.58 key demo rating
8/20/21: 2,102,000 viewers - 0.57 key demo rating - go-home SummerSlam show
8/27/21: 2,250,000 viewers - 0.59 key demo rating- post-SummerSlam show
9/3/21: 2,220,000 viewers - 0.62 key demo rating - Universal Title Main Event
9/10/21: 2,383,000 viewers - 0.65 key demo rating - Brock Lesnar SmackDown return
9/17/21: 2,243,000 viewers - 0.58 key demo rating
9/24/21: 2,135,000 viewers - 0.55 key demo rating - Extreme Rules go-home show
10/1/21: 2,252,000 viewers - 0.62 key demo rating - Draft episode
10/8/21: 2,147,000 viewers - 0.52 key demo rating
10/15/21: 866,000 viewers - 0.24 key demo rating - FS1 edition
10/22/21: 2,249,000 viewers - 0.58 key demo rating - FOX episode/Crown Jewel fallout
10/29/21: 1,032,000 viewers - 0.29 key demo rating - FS1 edition
11/5/21: 2,093,000 viewers - 0.57 key demo rating - FOX return episode
11/12/21: 2,104 viewers - 0.56 key demo rating
11/19/21: 2,064,000 viewers - 0.52 key demo rating- Survivor Series go-home show
11/26/21: 2,149,000 viewers - 0.57 key demo rating
12/3/21: 2,030,000 viewers - 0.51 key demo rating
12/10/21: 2,142,000 viewers - 0.50 key demo rating
12/17/21: 2,303,000 viewers - 0.52 key demo rating
12/24/21: 1,972,000 viewers - 0.48 key demo rating - Christmas Eve episode
1/7/22: 2,271,000 viewers - 0.58 key demo rating
1/14/22: 2,174,000 viewers - 0.56 key demo rating
1/21/22: 2,255,000 viewers - 0.64 key demo rating
1/28/22: 2,217,000 viewers - 0.56 key demo rating - Royal Rumble go-home show
2/4/22: 2,151,000 viewers - 0.51 key demo rating - post-Royal Rumble show
2/11/22: 2,231,000 viewers - 0.56 key demo rating
2/19/22: 2,173,000 viewers - 0.54 key demo rating - Elimination Chamber go-home show
2/25/22: 2,114,000 viewers - 0.57 key demo rating - Elimination Chamber fallout
3/4/22: 2,261,000 viewers - 0.59 key demo rating
3/11/22: 2,226,000 viewers - 0.57 key demo rating
3/18/22: 2,147,000 viewers - 0.58 key demo rating
3/25/22: 2,180,000 viewers - 0.49 key demo rating
4/1/22: 2,359,000 viewers - 0.61 key demo rating - WrestleMania go-home show
4/8/22: 2,230,000 viewers - 0.60 key demo rating - post-WrestleMania edition
4/15/22: 2,142,000 viewers - 0.48 key demo rating
4/22/22: 1,852,000 viewers - 0.47 key demo rating
4/29/22: 1,953,000 viewers - 0.38 key demo rating