Smackdown ratings are in – Breeze Bump?

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PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents a special Thursday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast featuring a WrestleMania 36 Preview with ex-WWE Creative Team member and professional stand-up comedian Matt McCarthy.

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WWE Smackdown got a slight TV Ratings bump for Thursday’s show. The bump was enough to register the highest TV rating in two months dating back to pre-fall TV season.

WWE Smackdown TV Ratings 2015

— October 22: Thursday’s show scored a 1.62 rating, up from a 1.55 rating last week.

It was the highest rating since the same 1.62 rating on August 27.

Smackdown drew 2.204 million viewers, up five percent from 2.090 million viewers last week. It was the most viewers since August 20.

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– In the key demographics, Smackdown increased slightly in both males 18-49 and males 18-34. The slight increase was enough to hit two-month highs. But, adults 18-49 was down slightly from last week.

– Overall on Thursday nights this year, Smackdown has averaged a 1.75 rating and 2.425 million viewers.

The 2015 average remains well below the same period last year on Friday nights – 1.91 rating and 2.680 million viewers.

Caldwell’s Analysis: The only real difference in this week’s Smackdown episode was the buzz-worthy debut of NXT star Tyler Breeze. Everything else was standard fare following a poorly-rated Raw TV show, so it’s not like WWE had momentum going into Thursday’s show.

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