The second hour drop is steep, though.
Even with a college football game with major playoff implications as head-to-head competition on Dec. 6, WWE and Fox saw an uptick in SmackDown’s overall viewership and in several ratings categories.
That’s the good news. The less good news is that the increases are relative to last week’s predictably weak holiday numbers, so they’re still down from what the blue show was doing for most of November.
Also, 200K folks decided they didn’t need to stick around for the Roman Reigns vs. Dolph Ziggler main event.
Still beating everything but live non-scripted sports in the key 18 - 34 demo and among men under 50, so... here’s a chart of all the show’s numbers since joining Fox’s Friday line-up on Oct. 4 (all data via Showbuzz Daily) while you process your take on the latest ones:
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.