WWE Smackdown Viewership, Rating Bounce Back From Yearly Lows

— The fast national audience for Friday’s episode of WWE Smackdown bounced back from a one-year low the week prior, averaging 1.881 million viewers. This is up almost 10% from the July 3 episode which dropped to a 1.74 million on the long weekend. The show opened with 1.956 million for hour one but fell off to 1.805 million for hour two – an unusually large drop off for the show. Still, it led all shows on the night in the key 18-49 demo with a 0.45 rating, up from last week’s 0.40. Friday’s Smackdown is the final WWE show to air from the the Thunderdome with the company returning to live events across the country beginning next week.

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