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WWE SmackDown fast national ratings up following Vince McMahon retirement announcement

The show featured a brief appearance by new WWE chairwoman Stephanie McMahon.

With the show airing just hours after Vince McMahon announced his retirement, Friday night's WWE SmackDown averaged 2.17 million viewers in the fast national ratings, up 9.8 percent from the previous week's overnight viewership number.

It's the highest fast national viewership for SmackDown since June 17, which was the day Vince McMahon appeared on television following the announcement that he was stepping away from his WWE chairman and CEO roles while the Board of Directors investigated his alleged misconduct.

Last night's SmackDown drew a 0.6 rating in the 18-49 demo in the fast nationals. That topped all of network TV and was double the next highest rated program.

SmackDown's final viewership is usually 5-10 percent higher than the fast nationals. The fast national demo rating is rounded to the nearest tenth, so 0.6 could be anything between 0.56 and 0.64. The final 18-49 rating is rounded to the nearest hundredth.

Listed below are the last 11 weeks of fast national viewership and 18-49 demo numbers for SmackDown on Fox, as well as the final numbers for the previous 10 weeks.