WWE SmackDown Posts Lowest FOX Network Viewership So Far

A down week...

With just nine nights to go before classic Big Four pay-per-view Survivor Series, WWE SmackDown on FOX sees its viewership sag to its lowest average on the network since its October 4 premiere.

According to Showbuzz Daily, the November 15 SmackDown episode from Philadelphia averaged 2,350,000 viewers, a ten percent drop from last week's 2,618,000 average. This, of course, excludes the numbers for the October 25 show, which aired on FS1, when a one-week channel switch (due to the World Series) led to SmackDown falling beneath 900,000 viewers.

The first hour was good for 2,445,000 viewers, while hour two dropped eight percent to 2,255,000 viewers.

SmackDown's demographic ratings are the worst they've been for any FOX episode so far, including a 0.70 in people 18-49 (down from 0.85 last week), 0.40 for people 18-34 (down from 0.60), and 0.85 in people 25-54 (down from 1.00).

In positive news for the show, however, SmackDown tied for the highest network 18-49 and 18-34 ratings for the night, equaling CBS' Hawaii Five-O.

For the big four American networks, SmackDown had the second-lowest primetime audience of the night, beating only ABC's Fresh Off the Boat (2,335,000).

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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.