Canadian viewership: SmackDown drops while Raw sees an increase

The latest Canadian viewership figures told different stories with SmackDown dropping a significant amount while Raw experienced an increase.

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The latest Canadian viewership figures told different stories with Friday Night SmackDown dropping a significant amount while Raw experienced an increase.

The July 30th edition of Friday Night SmackDown featuring an advertised appearance by John Cena and the return of Sasha Banks saw the show fall in Canada to 99,500 viewers with 38,700 in the 25-54 demographic on Sportsnet 360. It was a significant drop from the July 23rd episode that averaged 213,900 viewers.

The previous four weeks of SmackDown averaged 158,100 and 68,000 in the 25-54 demo, so it was a major decline. The key competition from Friday was the Olympics and a Toronto Blue Jays game that topped the sports broadcasts for the day with over 900,000 viewers.

However, the August 2nd edition of Raw did much better with an average viewership of 207,500 with 109,500 in the 25-54 demographic on SN 360. It was the show’s second-highest viewership in the country since May 17th.

Monday’s episode included an appearance by Bill Goldberg and the No Holds Barred Match between Nikki A.S.H. and Charlotte Flair, which were both advertised.

The previous four episodes of Raw in Canada had averaged 203,000 viewers and 105,000 in the demo. That number is also assisted by an abnormally high figure Raw averaged on July 19th on the night after Money in the Bank with 276,000 viewers.

Monday’s sports broadcasts in Canada were led by the Toronto Blue Jays vs. Cleveland Guardians that did approximately 694,000 viewers followed by coverage of the Olympics.

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