The overnight network TV numbers are in and Friday's WWE SmackDown on FOX drew an average of 2.442 million viewers with an average rating of 0.75 in the key 18-49 demographic, according to Showbuzz Daily.
This is down from last Friday's WWE Draft edition of SmackDown, which drew a final 0.7 rating in the 18-34 demographic, a final 1.0 rating in the coveted 18-49 demo, and a final 1.1 rating in the 25-45 demographic. Viewership was down 15% from the final viewership for last Friday's SmackDown, which was 2.877 million viewers.
The first hour for this week's show drew 2.390 million viewers with a 0.7 rating in the key 18-49 demo, and the second hour drew 2.493 million viewers with a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic.
SmackDown averaged a 0.55 rating in the 18-34 demographic, a 0.75 rating in the key 18-49 demographic, and an average 0.85 rating in the 25-54 demographic.
Blue Blood on CBS topped the night on network TV in viewership with 7.331 million viewers, but in the 10pm hour. Hawaii Five-O topped the night in the 8pm hour with 6.214 million viewers. SmackDown once again topped the night in ratings for the 18-49 demographic with that 0.75 as the next closest were Hawaii Five-O, Blue Bloods and American Housewife with a 0.6 rating.
This week's SmackDown featured Roman Reigns vs. WWE Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura advertised ahead of time, plus a Six-Pack Challenge for the women's division, an eight-man tag team match, and SmackDown Women's Champion Bayley on MizTV.
Stay tuned as the updated SmackDown numbers will be released on Monday.
Below is our 2019 SmackDown Viewership Tracker:
January 1 Episode: 2.091 million viewers (New Year's episode, taped)
January 8 Episode: 2.032 million viewers
January 15 Episode: 2.143 million viewers
January 22 Episode: 2.142 million viewers
January 29 Episode: 2.137 million viewers (post-Royal Rumble episode)
February 5 Episode: 1.841 million viewers (State of the Union competition)
February 12 Episode: 2.034 million viewers
February 19 Episode: 2.269 million viewers (post-Elimination Chamber episode)
February 26 Episode: 2.150 million viewers
March 5 Episode: 2.155 million viewers
March 12 Episode: 2.198 million viewers (post-Fastlane episode)
March 19 Episode: 2.208 million viewers
March 26 Episode: 2.393 million viewers
April 2 Episode: 2.141 million viewers
April 9 Episode: 2.199 million viewers (post-WrestleMania 35 episode)
April 16 Episode: 2.219 million viewers (Superstar Shakeup episode)
April 23 Episode: 2.072 million viewers
April 30 Episode: 1.833 million viewers
May 7 Episode: 1.931 million viewers
May 14 Episode: 1.827 million viewers (taped episode from London)
May 21 Episode: 1.983 million viewers (post-Money In the Bank episode)
May 28 Episode: 2.072 million viewers
June 4 Episode: 2.016 million viewers
June 11 Episode: 1.930 million viewers (post-Super ShowDown episode)
June 18 Episode: 1.859 million viewers
June 25 Episode: 1.921 million viewers (post-Stomping Grounds episode)
July 2 Episode: 1.890 million viewers
July 9 Episode: 1.853 million viewers
July 16 Episode: 2.122 million viewers (post-Extreme Rules episode)
July 23 Episode: 2.162 million viewers
July 30 Episode: 1.911 million viewers
August 6 Episode: 2.088 million viewers
August 13 Episode: 2.164 million viewers (post-SummerSlam episode)
August 20 Episode: 2.142 million viewers
August 27 Episode: 2.088 million viewers
September 3 Episode: 2.130 million viewers
September 10 Episode: 2.061 million viewers
September 17 Episode: 2.064 million viewers (post-Clash of Champions episode)
September 24 Episode: 2.099 million viewers (final USA Network episode)
October 4 Episode: 3.888 million viewers (FOX premiere)
October 11 Episode: 2.877 million viewers (WWE Draft episode, post-Hell In a Cell)
October 18 Episode: 2.442 million viewers
October 25 Episode:
2018 Total: 122.304 million viewers
2018 Average: 2.352 million viewers per episode
2017 Total: 132.401 million viewers
2017 Average: 2.546 million viewers per episode