Two in a row isn’t a good sign. Backlash has done a lot of damage to WWE at the moment with the ratings and audience for Monday Night Raw both taking big hits this week. That’s not a good sign with the summer right around the corner, which tends to see even lower numbers for WWE than usual. Even though Monday wasn’t the best result, maybe Tuesday could be a little bit better. Just how did the SmackDown Live ratings and audience hold up?

Miss this week’s show? Here are some quick highlights.

Top 10 SmackDown LIVE moments: WWE Top 10, May 8, 2018

According to, this week’s episode of SmackDown Live drew a .71 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 2.298 million viewers. These numbers are down 8% and 6% respectively from last week’s .77 demographic rating and 2.436 million viewers. The rating is the lowest since December 12, 2017’s .71 and the audience is the lowest since October 31, 2017’s 2.119. This week’s show focused on Money in the Bank qualifying matches with a main event of Daniel Bryan vs. Rusev.

Here are this week’s full SmackDown Live results.

Opinion: Really, I can’t say I’m surprised. This Sunday’s Backlash was a horrible night with almost no good matches and little to look forward to. Couple that with Money in the Bank qualifying matches dominating the next few weeks (there are currently ten to go between both Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live) and after that, we’re stuck with a bunch of matches building up drama for the ladder match. Why would fans stick around when there’s no momentum coming in and not much to look forward to over the next five weeks.

What did you think of this week’s show? Will things get even worse? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his Amazon author page with 26 wrestling books. His latest book is the WWE Grab Bag.

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