WWE SmackDown Falls Below One Million Viewers In One-Week Home On FS1

A massive drop...

Though the show was moved to cable channel FS1 due to World Series coverage on FOX, WWE SmackDown still did a shockingly-low viewership number on Friday night.

Showbuzz Daily reports that SmackDown averaged 888,000 viewers across its two hour broadcast, the lowest total in the 20 year history of the show. That’s a 63 percent drop from the 2,418,000 from the previous week, when SmackDown aired in its normal FOX time slot.

SmackDown accounted for a 0.27 rating for the 18-49 demographic, ranking ninth on cable for the day, and losing out to two NBA games on ESPN, as well as the 1 AM SportsCenter, Live PD, and Adult Swim's Black Jesus.

The World Series game on FOX drew an average of 12.2 million viewers across its duration.

Other competition on Friday night included a replay of Wednesday's AEW Dynamite, which viewership totals were not available for at press time. The original airing on Wednesday night averaged 962,000 viewers.

Bellator MMA on the Paramount Network (with AEW's Jake Hager competing) averaged 265,000 viewers.

This coming Friday's WWE SmackDown emanates from Buffalo, NY, with many of the talents on hand having just flown back from Thursday's Crown Jewel in Riyadh.

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In addition to writing lists and commentaries for Cultaholic, Justin is also a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine, and is co-author of the WWE-related book Titan Screwed: Lost Smiles, Stunners, and Screwjobs.