Cena Saves Smackdown As Viewership Rises, Chris Jericho On Talking Dead

- Last week’s episode of WWE Smackdown featuring World Heavyweight Champion John Cena did an average viewing audience of 2,730,000 viewers on SyFy. Cena came back in a big way last week and the viewership numbers reflected.  The show ended up doing a 1.90, which was down slightly from the 1.94 the show did the week prior.

- Chris Jericho was a guest on AMC’s “Talking Dead” on Sunday night. I don’t watch the show but it’s online for those that do at this link.

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  • Bob’s Diner

    Huh? 50,000 extra fans is “saving” the show???
    The last 3 weeks the show has consistently risen by 40-50,000 – this falls in line with that.

    Very misleading title for your article.

    • Grandiose

      They are trying to pump Cena, they did it for Monday too, but guarantee that’s not why people actually tuned in.

      • Bob’s Diner

        Next we’ll be getting told Cena appearing on Total Divas is what brought in the viewers there as well

    • Anand Vijayakumar

      wow dude you really need to realize the reality… Cena brings in audience and that is something backed up by facts. 100k additional viewers is small for you? Talk to a company that is trying to negotiate an advertising deal with WWE and learn how valuable 100k plus set of viewers is in $$ figures for the WWE.

      • Bob’s Diner

        He didn’t even bring in 100,000 viewers; Smackdown increased by 50,000 viewers but that has been the trend for the past few weeks. How can anyone say that was completely because of Cena? Why was that not because the last few weeks Smackdown has had some good matches?

        Interesting that my comment was directed at the article itself, and in NO WAY was I insulting John Cena. Yet all the usual suspects quickly jumped up and down – and not one of you can provide any fact that he is actually the draw you claim he is. That’s because he isn’t. WWE THE BRAND is the draw. Notice WrestleMania sells out months before a card is ever announced? Did you stop watching WWE when John Cena was out injured? No – WWE the brand is bigger than any of the current wrestlers.

        He is a popular wrestler, no doubt. But if he were forced to retire tomorrow, I believe PPV buyrates and TV ratings would stay relatively similar because he has little impact on them. WWE Shop might have to lay off some people because of the merch he sells, but you’ll still be watching Raw and buying the PPVs. And THAT is fact

        • Anand Vijayakumar

          Bob you are only considering the hardcore wrestling fan like you and me who are in their 20′s, 30′s or even 40′s who are Male. We wont care if cena retires or if it is some other random guy from NXT as long as they are entertaining and put on a good wrestling match.

          Women and the younger audience – teens and kids adore Cena and that is the biggest demographic that wwe will lose if cena is no longer around. Easily 70-80% of the merchandise sales for cena comes from this audience group. which grownup man would buy a bright purple shirt for himself? but if you rephrase the question – which gronwup man would buy a bright purple shirt for his son/daughter – the answer is everyone…

          The reason Cena is being forced back so quickly after his injuries is because the wwe does not want to lose out on this audience group. If rey mysterio was around, wwe would have some alternate because mysterio has the kind of connection with the kids that no other wwe star has. but with mysterio out injured, the show does not attract the younger audience and that is why wwe has moved him to the blue brand to bring back audience numbers.

          now, i am not denying that this weeks show was entertaining but the fact is, the main event was that much bigger when cena was part of it. do you think a six man tag match – sandow and the real americans vs the rhodes + someone else say Miz or big e would have drawn the same reaction/audience like the one with cena?

          • Bob’s Diner

            Do you actually read what I write? The audience for Smackdown has been growing WITHOUT him; so yes, it would have drawn the same audience – it pretty much did the previous week.

            I also said he sells more merchandise than anyone else. But the fact still remains that titling this article “Cena Saves Smackdown” is beyond absurd

          • Anand Vijayakumar

            Yes I read your comments.. The Audience wasnt growing without him. If you see the historic viewership the audience has been in the 2.4 to 2.6 mil viewers range for pretty much the past 3 months (Except the episode in Sep in Canada where Edge made a special appearance)

            The reason why Cena was moved to the blue brand was to bring in more interest to the show and add viewers and immediately it is showing dividends. Again I say 50k extra viewers is not small from a business perspective. WWE will be able to make extra $ just because of this additional 50k viewers who tuned in.

            I assume if the viewership continues to rise or stays in this 2.7 mil range or more you will agree that cena draws viewership. lets wait a couple of weeks to decide on that.

          • Bob’s Diner

            Again, I don’t think you are actually reading things. The Smackdown viewers were increasing all throughout October; they went up 200,000 from the 10/11 to 10/18 episodes, then another 40,000, then again up 50,000 with this last episode. It is a trend – for this site and others to claim that is all about Cena and act like he just “saved” the show is RIDICULOUS. If he had come on and the show had done 3,000,000 then yes I would say he impacted the rating. But “saved” it with an extra 50,000 people? That possibly wasn’t even thanks to him? Give me a break!

            Also, he was not “moved to the blue brand” – he appears on both shows, because there is no brand split. Hasn’t been for a while.

          • Anand Vijayakumar

            He was never on smackdown except for special attraction shows. Its been many many months since Cena was on smackdown. He is adding a lot of prestige to the world heavyweight title which became as obsolete as the IC title at the hands of alberto del rio and as I said before, give it a couple of weeks and you will see that Cena brings steady audience.

            Plus – you cant say the audience was growing all through october. It was suffering and this weeks 2.73 is the highest viewership since september (again – except the show where edge was a guest in canada)

            Sep 6 – 2.46 mil viewers
            Sep 13 – 2.83 mil viewers (Edge was a special attraction in Canada)
            Sep 20 – 2.6 mil viewers
            Sep 27 – 2.63 mil viewers
            Oct 4 – 2.51 mil viewers
            Oct 11 – 2.45 mil viewers
            Oct 18 – 2.64 mil viewers
            Oct 25 – 2.68 mil viewers
            Nov 1 – 2.73 mil viewers

          • Bob’s Diner

            Let’s look at those numbers:
            Viewers were down, they got a MASSIVE bump from Edge’s appearance, the next week some viewers left but stayed the same next week. Then viewers started leaving around the time of Battleground, most likely due to the terrible storylines and the awful PPV (check the week after PPV) but then all those viewers came back – possibly due to the good matches. And it has been growing every week. John Cena returned on that last episode of the list, which continued the trend of a growing audience

            and by your own logic, 400,000>50,000 so Edge draws more than Cena

          • Best In The World

            Lol, Anand Vijayakumar just took your idiotic argument and shoved it up your a**, now go sit down in a corner you clown.

          • Bob’s Diner

            No he didn’t – he ignored it and kept talking in circles about Cena being moved to Smackdown to elevate it. There is no brand split – being the WHC does not make you the champion of Smackdown anymore.

            If Cena has “SAVED” Smackdown like this article claims, then why did the audience gain 250,000 viewers over the 2 shows BEFORE CENA APPEARED???

            Not a single one of you Cena marks have managed to actually acknowledge that fact or have any real argument for it. All you keep saying is that HE brought in 50,000 viewers and has elevated the show blah blah blah.This is like arguing with a bucket of water…

          • Bob’s Diner

            No he didn’t – he ignored it and kept talking in circles about Cena being moved to Smackdown to elevate it. There is no brand split – being the WHC does not make you the champion of Smackdown anymore.

            If Cena has “SAVED” Smackdown like this article claims, then why did the audience gain 250,000 viewers over the 2 shows BEFORE CENA APPEARED???

            Not a single one of you Cena marks have managed to actually acknowledge that fact or have any real argument for it. All you keep saying is that HE brought in 50,000 viewers and has elevated the show blah blah blah.This is like arguing with a bucket of water…

          • Best In The World

            We’ve proved to you a billion times that Cena is a draw. But you can’t teach stupid though, something you clearly decide to be on that matter. Your hatred for Cena continues to rear it’s ugly head. You’ll even go as far as to try and twist facts to fit your terrible arguments. I would expect nothing else though, from a mark like yourself. I’m sure when the HIAC numbers are released and show the vast improvement in PPV buys you’ll be the 1st to comment about how Cena isn’t a draw. You’ll go around trying to tell anyone who will listen that Cena wasn’t the reason for the increase. But I bet you have no problem blaming Cena for anything negative about pro wrestling. Your arguments are predictable and out of touch with reality. I look forward to watching you make a fool of yourself in the future. Kepp hating though, you wear that hat very well.

          • Bob’s Diner

            You’ve proved nothing. And, like Xavier, you seem to not actually read anything I write and just assume what I think. I never attacked Cena until people like you started jumping down my throat about how much I hate Cena and how he is the greatest draw blah blah blah. This article implied Smackdown’s rating increased by a huge amount and it was all thanks to John Cena. That is not the case.

            SummerSlam buys dropped considerably from last year. I suppose you blame the entire roster for that, but not John Cena? I don’t blame him at all – in fact, I was shocked because it was easily the best PPV they have put on in a long time and the build was great. If Hell in a Cell does good numbers I will be equally as surprised since it was coming off arguably the lamest PPV since WrestleMania

            Repeating what WWE tells you or what this site says about his drawing power proves nothing. Until you can actually prove he is a draw instead of just saying ‘You’re a mark. You’re a hater. Cena is the best’ I am not going to bother paying attention

          • Best In The World

            First off all, nobody ever said Cena was the greatest draw. All we said was he is a draw, which is been proving true time & time again over the past decade. Second of all, I don’t repeat a damn thing the WWE tells me. Any idiot who remotely follows wresting knows this. Cena is the top draw in the WWE and is the top guy PERIOD! You let your hatred for Cena cloud your judgement. You must be repeating everything the Cena boo birds tell you. And yes you are a hater. Anytime Richard has anything remotely positive to say about Cena your the first one to come on to the thread and comment with some negative BS. Whenever Richard pumps up Daniel Bryan or Goldust or anyone else you don’t seem to have a problem with it. But whenever Cena’s name is brought it up, here you are.What’s funny about everything is that you swear your not a hater but just read your comments dude, you clearly have something against Cena and are in denial about you. Did he snub you at a autograph session or something when you were a kid or something? Does your girlfriend have posters of Cena up on his wall instead of pictures of you? Let’s get to the root of the problem here. Having so much hate & resentment in your heart isn’t healthy. Cena is the top guy and top draw in the company so just move on with your life and stop trying to fight what is reality.

    • Vanessa

      SIGH! Anytime you post anything on here I cringe. You hate on anything and everything related to John Cena or anything else for that matter. Why do you even watch wrestling.

    • Vanessa

      SIGH! Anytime you post anything on here I cringe. You hate on anything and everything related to John Cena or anything else for that matter. Why do you even watch wrestling.

  • Grandiose

    Stop giving Cena all the credit…guarantee most didn’t tune in for him at all. Jericho on talking dead was nice it’s interesting to get an opinion of someone who has played a character for 2 decades to consider the direction he thinks the characters will go.

  • Best In The World

    I love watching the haters get upset when Cena proves too them that he is draw. I bet if ratings tanked they’d blame Cena but when they go up they do anything they can to say it was because it was something else lol. Good to see Cena back on Smackdown

    • Bob’s Diner

      Yes I am so upset he has proved that if he jumped to TNA they would gain an extra 0.1 in the ratings. He is the greatest draw in the history of professional wrestling and a real game changer!

      • Danny_Boy

        You mad son? Your not upset, but yet you took the time to come onto a Cena topic to try and tell everybody that Cena isn’t draw lol

        • Danny_Boy

          *a

        • Grandiose

          Danny if you don’t start correcting people when they are wrong they will continue the trend. WNW has been wrong in the past.

          • Danny_Boy

            Problem is, there is nothing to correct. Cena was on Smackdown and ratings went up. What about this article is false?

          • Bob’s Diner

            Read the title – it clearly states that “Cena Saves Smackdown” when he made very little difference to the rating. Did it go up? Yes, no argument. Did the show do an amazing rating compared to last week and was it all because of John Cena? Not at all

          • Grandiose

            They are very clearly implying Cena is the saving grace of the ratings…which isn’t true if they know the fan base and how many tune in specific for Cena…

          • Snap

            Actually, the average viewership went up whereas, according to the article, the ratings actually went down.

            “The show ended up doing a 1.90, which was down slightly from the 1.94 the show did the week prior.”

            Alicia Fox was also on SmackDown last week and the viewership went up, clearly that indicates that she is a draw.

          • Best In The World

            WTF are you talking about. The numbers are right there, the numbers went up from last week. Numbers went up on RAW when Cena returned. Where the hell are you getting this numbers went down BS from, your small brain? Just face the facts, the dude you love to hate is the top draw still, I know that hurts your feeling but tough, man up and move on. Again maybe your favorite internet darling will call up from superstars or main event and actually appear on a RAW. Until then quick your belly aching

    • Grandiose

      Not a hater, just reality, most didn’t turn in for him, so to give him all the credit is stupid.

      • Grandiose

        tune*

      • Best In The World

        Blaming Cena for everything that’s bad about wrestling & refusing to give him credit for anything is even stupider

        • Bob’s Diner

          Who’s blaming him for anything? I’ll give him credit for things he deserves it for – the minor increase in the Smackdown rating is not one of them

        • Grandiose

          Everything? No, but there are many aspects that he is responsible for, lack of character development, change of champions, downgrade of other wrestlers because they just HAVE to feature Cena..so they don’t get screen time, and don’t even get me started on SUPER CENA!!! Cena has been as much a hindrance to new talent as RKO. But of course Cena has done lots of good for the E, he’s lead the PG movement…and…brought in some sponsors…and…I guess you could give him some credit for feuds with people that helped propel them? But what I WON’T do is try and say this one guy, who most fans have seriously gotten sick of since he lacks development and change and that has been proven in his last 2 title reigns, is the real reason ratings were up on both shows.

    • Snap

      Whereas I love watching the fanboys constantly attacking the “haters” because they don’t worship the ground their hero walks on. The fact is, yes, Cena has his audience just like Punk, Bryan, RVD, et al have their audience. I, for one, am not going to heap all the praise OR blame onto a single name for the performance of a show which features many more than just that one single name.

      Bias is still bias, whether or not it is a positive or negative bias.

      • Best In The World

        What? Did your mommy not hold you enough when you were little? I’ve seen you on here plenty of times. Your the hater of all haters, you lead the pack. It’s okay though. Maybe one day your favorite internet darling will one day win main event a Mania, nah nevermind I doubt it.

  • Vanessa

    It was really good to see John Cena back on Smackdown. I really enjoyed last Friday’s show. Hopefully the ratings rising are a sign of things to come. It would be nice to see Smackdown back on Thursdays though

  • David F.

    Jericho was awesome on Talking Dead. I would want him on my side if the world is taken over by zombies. I highly recommend Walking Dead. It is one of the best shows on T,V, I want to see Merle Dixon with his hand weapon take out the authority lol