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WWE SmackDown ratings down for move to FS1

The episode aired on FS1 due to game one of the World Series being on Fox.

Friday's WWE SmackDown, which was moved to FS1 due to Fox's World Series coverage, averaged 835,000 viewers. Other than a "Best-Of" episode that aired on New Year's Eve last year, it's likely the lowest audience in the history of the show.

SmackDown was down 62.6 percent in viewership from the previous week's Fox episode.

In the 18-49 demo, SmackDown finished fifth on the cable charts with a 0.23 rating, down 55.8 percent from the previous week and also a series low for a live episode. SmackDown was the top non-sports show on cable for the night in the key demo.

As compared with last year when SmackDown also aired on FS1 due to the World Series, the show was down 19.1 percent in overall viewers and down 20.7 percent in 18-49.

For comparison purposes, here's a look at what SmackDown has done for previous episodes that were moved to FS1:

  • December 31, 2021 ("Best-Of" episode): 378,000 viewers, 0.08 rating in 18-49
  • October 29, 2021: 1,032,000 viewers, 0.29 rating in 18-49
  • October 15, 2021: 866,000 viewers, 0.24 rating in 18-49
  • December 18, 2020: 1,030,000 viewers, 0.30 rating in 18-49
  • October 23, 2020: 881,000 viewers, 0.25 rating in 18-49
  • October 25, 2019: 888,000 viewers, 0.27 rating in 18-49