WWE Smackdown Ratings Report (9/1): Viewership for Cena return compared to prior 13 weeks, year-ago comparisons, more key metrics


Last Friday’s episode of WWE Smackdown on Fox drew an average of 2.094 million viewers, sharpy down from 2.443 million the prior week and below the prior ten-week average of 2.246 million viewers. Three of the last five episodes have drawn under 2.1 million viewers. It was the lowest viewership on Fox since May 5 when it drew 2.059 million.

Friday’s episode featured L.A. Knight vs. Austin Theory and Jimmy Uso appearing in a storyline that led to a match against A.J. Styles in the main event.

The last 13 weeks averaged 2.340 million, excluding an episode that aired on FX instead of Fox. The same 13 week period a year ago drew an average of 2.143 million viewers.

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In the key 18-49 demographic, it drew a 0.53 rating, down from 0.65 the prior week. The ten-week average heading into this week is 0.62.

The last 13 weeks have averaged a 0.62 rating in the 18-49 key demo; one year ago the same 13 weeks period averaged a 0.50 rating.

In the key 18-49 demo, Smackdown drew the best rating amongst all sports programming on broadcast TV and cable TV on Friday night, according to SportsTVRatings.com, although U.S. Open tennis (the men’s semifinals) outdrew Smackdown in total audience by 168,000 viewers.

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