After Monday Night Raw saw its viewership grow past four million viewers, WWE was hoping its live edition of Smackdown on Tuesday night would see a similar result.
Fortunately for the WWE, they got what the company had hoped for. The live Tuesday, December 18 edition of Smackdown on the USA Network saw a viewership boost (via TV By the Numbers).
Tuesday Night Smackdown had 3.33 million viewers, up from last week's Friday episode. Last week's edition of Friday Night Smackdown garnered 2.63 million viewers. In adults 18-49, Smackdown scored a 1.2 ratings share, a spike from last week's 0.7 numbers.
Despite the strong increase, WWE Smackdown was beaten by Ink Master on Spike TV, which took the No. 1 spot on cable television's Top 50 charts with a 1.3 rating share in adults 18-49. However, Tuesday night's live edition of WWE Smackdown helped the show move higher from last week's show on cable television's Top 50 list.
A strong week so far for the WWE:
WWE's Vince McMahon must be smiling this week thus far, as the company is showing new signs of life not only in viewership, but its overall product. WWE Monday Night Raw not only rose higher in viewership, but the company's other flagship show, Smackdown, performed well going live on Tuesday.
Although it was unable to reach the levels of Monday Night Raw's audience, WWE should be pleased with Smackdown's viewership jump. In fact, WWE should see an opportunity to have more live editions of Smackdown once the WrestleMania season kicks into full gear.
With the Royal Rumble pay-per-view quickly approaching in January, look for both Raw and Smackdown to post stronger viewership numbers, especially with the WWE geared to build-up its WrestleMania lineup card. Thanks to a newfound energy and the potential to catch on new viewers, WWE is poised to start 2013 on the right note.