Tuesday’s edition of Smackdown Live, which aired live from Minneapolis, Minnesota, was the most-watched show on cable for November 27 in the 18-49 demographic and finished ninth overall for the night. Smackdown’s ratings were up from a 0.7 to a 0.8 in the 18-49 demo.
TV By The Numbers reports that the show, which featured the return of Becky Lynch, scored 114,000 more total viewers than last week’s episode, beating it 2.264 million viewers to 2.150 million.
The number is still below what the show drew two weeks ago, but finishing first for the night in the key demographic can’t be taken as a negative.
Curse Of Oak Island on History and the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC both topped Smackdown in total viewers, with 3.408 million and 3.315 million respectively. The other six shows that topped Smackdown for the night in total viewers all aired on Fox News Channel.
Without the benefit of quarter-hour breakdowns, it’s difficult to pinpoint a single reason for the uptick in viewership this week.
The show was built around the Smackdown Women’s Championship picture. The main event featured a women’s battle royal, with the winner being added to the Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair match at TLC next month. A strong promo segment between Lynch and Flair kicked off the show.