WWE and Fox got good news when the Friday television numbers came in last week. They got even more after the Jan. 17 SmackDown - and this time without anything like a huge second hour drop.
Viewership from 8 - 9 p.m. Eastern was down slightly from Jan. 10, but the biggest second hour audience since the draft buoyed the average. Ratings pretty much stayed the same, and the blue brand won the night for Fox in both the coveted 18 - 34 year old demo, and men 18 - 49.
Here’s last night’s network numbers:
You can do a deeper dive on the show’s performance on Fridays with this chart (all data via Showbuzz Daily):
Will the upward trend continue next week for the Royal Rumble ‘go home’?
For complete results and the live blog for SmackDown this week click here. To read a complete recap & review of all the night’s events click here. For a full playlist of the show click here.