The latest overnight viewership numbers for the May 5th edition of WWE SmackDown are in, and they paint a concerning picture for the company. According to SpoilerTV, the show drew in 1.976 million viewers overnight, a significant drop from the previous week's overnight number of 2.298 million.
Additionally, the show only scored 0.47 in the key demographics, representing a substantial decline from the last week. This drop in viewership is a surprise, considering that it was WWE's go-home edition of SmackDown, leading up to the highly anticipated Backlash premium live event from Puerto Rico.
Despite the high stakes, WWE could not draw in the viewership numbers it had hoped for.
Sports Playoffs Hurt SmackDown
One factor contributing to the drop in viewership is the intense competition that WWE faced last night from the NBA and NHL Playoffs.
With sports fans tuning in to catch their favorite teams in action, it may have been difficult for WWE to capture their attention and retain their viewership for the entire show. The decline in overnight viewership numbers is undoubtedly a cause for concern for WWE as they strive to remain competitive in a crowded entertainment landscape.
The company has been making significant efforts to revitalize its programming and appeal to a broader audience. However, the latest numbers suggest that work is still to improve viewership and maintain the fans' interest. Despite the setback, WWE SmackDown remains committed to delivering top-notch entertainment to its fans.
The Backlash premium live event promises to be an exciting and action-packed show featuring some of the biggest stars in the wrestling world. WWE is pulling out all the stops to ensure that the event succeeds and that fans worldwide have a memorable viewing experience.
As WWE continues to navigate a changing entertainment landscape in viewership due to sports playoffs, it will be interesting to see how the company adapts and evolves to capture and retain viewership. With stiff competition from other forms of entertainment, it is clear that WWE needs to remain agile and innovative to stay ahead of the curve and continue to engage fans in new and exciting ways.
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