SmackDown Live has long been considered the 'B' show in the WWE with Monday Night Raw the flagship programme since its inception back in 1993.
However, since the brand split during the summer, the Blue Brand on Tuesday nights has been well received and in many cases, fans find the two-hour format of SmackDown more digestible and concentrated that Raw.
Raw, of course, still holds an advantage in the ratings and it could be argued a superior roster on the whole.
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That is partly down to the fact that Raw is some six years older than SD Live and has been the home of the majority of major moments in WWE history.
However, SmackDown continues to make strides towards Raw and with their 900th show this past Tuesday, which featured the returns of The Undertaker and Edge, they enjoyed another surge in the ratings.
The Blue Brand drew 2.725 million viewers this week, up from last week’s taped show on Election Night, which drew 1.921 million viewers. That was a new low since going live on Tuesdays in July, but it was also to be expected.
This is also a noticeable boost from the last standard week, which drew 2.187 million viewers.
In comparison, Monday’s RAW averaged 2.876 million viewers this week, essentially 100,000 more viewers. They did that with the advertised showings of Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon from SD Live, as well as the first face-to-face showdown between Brock Lesnar and Goldberg.
It shows two things. One, The Undertaker, even at 51-years-old, is still a very big deal in the WWE. Two, SD Live are definitely closing the gap on their well-established competitor.
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