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Last night’s episode of WWE Smackdown on USA Network drew a 1.63 rating among live and same-night-DVR viewers. It was a jump above the 1.56, 1.54, 1.57, and 1.55 rating the last four weeks, but a notch below the first three weeks of May which drew ratings in the 1.64-1.66 range.
Total viewership was 2.315 million, 419,000 lower than the third hour of Raw the night before.
The ten week rolling average headed into this week was 1.70.
The average for this year so far is 1.74, a notch below the 2017 average through this week of 1.76.
This week’s rating is below the year-ago rating of 1.73, but ahead of the two-years-ago rating of 1.58.
On another note, last week’s Smackdown finished no. 17 among all cable shows in the key adult 18-49 demographic, according to TV By the Numbers. There were seven World Cup related shows ahead of it, including the top three rated shows on cable which drew nearly triple the viewership of Smackdown in that key demo. Raw’s three hours, which are ranked separately, finished, no. 6, 8, and 9 in the rankings.