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WWE SmackDown ratings plummet despite no NBA competition

Following near-record low ratings for Monday Night Raw the night before, WWE got more bad news in the form of Tuesday's SmackDown numbers.

The show did just 2.072 million viewers, the second lowest number since the brand split last July. It beat only the November 8th episode, which went up against presidential election coverage on both cable and network TV.

Unlike most weeks where SmackDown is at or near the top of cable viewership, the show was just 13th on cable for the day in terms of total viewers. It was second in the 18-49 demo with a 0.63 rating, trailing only a new edition of "30 for 30" on ESPN.

Viewership was virtually identical to the SmackDown number from one year ago this week, which was 2.073 million. The bad news there is that show aired via tape delay and went up against game six of the NBA finals.

Here's a look at SmackDown ratings in 2017 as compared to Raw numbers from the same week: