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SmackDown again posts lowest ratings of 2017


Following the low ratings that Raw posted on Monday night, SmackDown again drew its lowest audience of 2017 this week.

The show averaged 2.300 million viewers on Tuesday night. It's the second straight week that SmackDown has set a low for the year, with last Tuesday's episode averaging 2.493 million viewers.

The most significant competition that SmackDown faced on cable came from the NBA playoffs. The Boston Celtics vs. Washington Wizards game that aired directly opposite the episode was watched by an average of 4.832 million people, and the Golden State Warriors vs. Utah Jazz game that aired later did 4.887 million viewers.

SmackDown was fourth for the night in viewership behind the NBA games and Tucker Carlson Tonight on Fox News. It also finished fourth for the night in the 18-49 demo behind the basketball games and coverage.

Ratings have predictably dropped since the Superstar Shakeup given the competition from the NBA and that we're moving away from WrestleMania season, though SmackDown viewership is still comfortably up from what it was doing prior to the brand split.