Last week's episode of WWE Smackdown won the night on cable, doing an average viewing audience of 3,201,000 viewers on SyFy. You can see how the other shows on cable fared at this link.
Smackdown Viewership & Ratings Archive
Because Christian vs Orton?
I was thinking the same thing. People do remember how great their matches were from 2011 so that probably had something to do with the high rating.
Between that match and Bryan vs. Cesaro, I’m sure most people were glued to the screens.
Sheamus vs Ryback was surprisingly one of the better matches that night as well.