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WWE SmackDown ratings get a post-Hell in a Cell bump

With no big sports competition and coming off the curiosity following Sami Zayn making the save for Kevin Owens at Hell in a Cell, ratings for last night's SmackDown were up by six percent as the show did 2.467 million viewers.

SmackDown finished fourth for the night in terms of total viewers on cable but was second in the 18-49 demo with a 0.8 rating. The episode also faced the usual strong competition from network television as both NBC and CBS averaged over 11 million viewers directly opposite SmackDown.

For the sixth week in a row, SmackDown was up year-over-year, though it should be noted that last year's show went up against an MLB playoff game. Last night's scheduled game between the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs got rained out, leaving SmackDown with no competition from baseball.


SmackDown managed to retain 86 percent of Raw's audience from Monday night, which is right in the range of what it usually does during football season.

Here's a look at SmackDown ratings in 2017 and how they compare to Raw's numbers from the same week: