Are we there yet? It seems that the road to Money in the Bank will never end. Counting this week’s episode of SmackDown Live, there are three more shows to go before we get to the pay per view in Chicago. That means a lot of time being spent building up the show, but that presents a problem: how much interest is there in spending over a month setting a show up? The previous few weeks haven’t had the best numbers and the question is how will this week’s show do in the ratings and with viewership?

Check out this week’s SmackDown Live results right here.

According to, this week’s episode of SmackDown Live drew 2.195 million viewers, which is the same as last week’s show. This is still the lowest audience that the show has had since last year’s Halloween episode, though the show did draw the highest 18-49 demographic rating of the night. This week’s show was headlined by a Money in the Bank qualifying match between Daniel Bryan, Samoa Joe and Big Cass with Samoa Joe winning.

Miss this week’s show? Check out some fast highlights.

Top 10 SmackDown LIVE moments: WWE Top 10, May 29 2018

Opinion: Really, it’s not even surprising anymore. Why would I want to watch a show where the big match is just a way to get into the next big match? On top of that, how many fans didn’t watch with the theory (proven correct) that they wouldn’t get to see the advertised main event? WWE has given us no reason to watch the TV shows at the moment and it’s no shock that the numbers have stayed bad. There was no NBA or NHL playoff game to contend with, so the only answer is fans aren’t interested.

What did you think of this week’s show? When will the numbers bounce back? 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 27 wrestling books. His latest book is the NXT: The Full Sail Years Volume III: From Dallas To New Orleans.

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