WWE Smackdown Live Viewership Slips Below Two Million

— After two relatively strong weeks in a row where viewership was north of 2.1 million, WWE Smackdown slipped this week – down to 1.911 million viewers. The likely cause of this was that CNN Democratic Presidential Debate which ran head-to-head against Smackdown for its entire duration. The debate drew 8.643 million people in the 8:25 – 10:25 PM ET timeslot.

— On the night, Smackdown was 11th in total viewership (though technically, five of those “shows” were related to the debate) but was #5 in the 18-49 demographic, beating everything except the CNN programming.