Smackdown Live Draws Larger Audience Than WWE Raw

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This week's Wild Card Finals episode of WWE Smackdown Live garnered 2,885,000 viewers on the USA Network.

This is up +247,000 viewers from the week prior and newsworthy in that it drew a larger audience than a first-run episode of WWE Raw.

We saw it coming as Smackdown was closing the gap and with a strong episode loaded with the return of John Cena and multiple title matches, it officially dethroned Raw. In fact, only the first hour of this week's Raw (which averaged 2,974,000 viewers) did more viewers than the average of this week's episode for the blue brand.

Below is the updated archive:

2016 WWE Smackdown Viewership Archive:

January 7, 2016 – 2,757,000 viewers (USA Network premiere)
January 14, 2016 – 2,332,000 viewers
January 21, 2016 – 2,757,000 viewers
January 28, 2016 – 2,720,000 viewers
February 4, 2016 – 2,664,000 viewers
February 11, 2016 – 2,414,000 viewers
February 18, 2016 – 2,458,000 viewers
February 25, 2016 – 2,395,000 viewers
March 3, 2016 – 2,491,000 viewers
March 10, 2016 – 2,186,000 viewers
March 17, 2016 – 2,260,000 viewers
March 24, 2016 – 2,501,000 viewers
March 31, 2016 – 2,328,000 viewers
April 7, 2016 – 2,444,000 viewers
April 14, 2016 – 2,355,000 viewers
April 21, 2016 – 2,431,000 viewers
April 28, 2016 – 2,109,000 viewers
Mary 5, 2016 – 2,346,000 viewers
May 12, 2016 – 2,262,000 viewers
May 19, 2016 – 2,295,000 viewers
May 26, 2016 – 2,112,000 viewers
June 2, 2016 – 2,169,000 viewers
June 9, 2016 – 1,996,000 viewers
June 16, 2016 – 2,073,000 viewers
June 23, 2016 – 2,145,000 viewers
June 30, 2016 - 2,080,000 viewers
July 7, 2016 - 2,241,000 viewers
July 14, 2016 - 2,068,000 viewers
July 19, 2016 - 3,170,000 viewers (Smackdown Live Premiere w/2016 WWE Draft)
July 26, 2016 - 2,743,000 viewers
August 2, 2016 - 2,681,000 viewers
August 9, 2016 - 2,455,000 viewers
August 16, 2016 - 2,471,000 viewers
August 23, 2016 - 2,714,000 viewers
August 30, 2016 - 2,835,000 viewers
September 6, 2016 - 2,454,000 viewers
September 13, 2016 - 2,658,000 viewers
September 20, 2016 - 2,292,000 viewers
September 27, 2016 - 2,340,000 viewers
October 4, 2016 - 2,316,000 viewers
October 11, 2016 - 2,448,000 viewers
October 18, 2016 - 2,405,000 viewers
October 25, 2016 - 2,127,000 viewers
November 1, 2016 - 2,187,000 viewers
November 8, 2016 - 1,921,000 viewers (Election Day Coverage)
November 16, 2016 - 2,725,000 viewers (900th special featuring Undertaker and Edge)
November 22, 2016 - 2,505,000 viewers
November 29, 2016 - 2,576,000 viewers
December 6, 2016 - 2,479,000 viewers
December 13, 2016 - 2,361,000 viewers
December 20, 2016 - 2,637,000 viewers
December 27, 2016 - 2,885,000 viewers (more viewers than Raw)

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