This week’s episode of WWE Smackdown garnered 2,596,000 viewers on the USA Network. That’s down (-289,000 viewers) from the week prior and Raw is back to WWE’s most-watched first run live broadcast.
Last week’s Wild Card Finals episode of Smackdown was loaded with title defenses and the return of John Cena, which averaged more viewers than Raw. The company was unable to hold that momentum for this week.
2017 WWE Smackdown Viewership Archive:
January 3, 2017 - 2,596,000 viewers