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WWE SmackDown ratings up big for Vince McMahon appearance, Reigns title match

The episode averaged 2.29 million viewers and drew a 0.57 rating in the key demo.

Friday night's WWE SmackDown averaged 2.29 million viewers on Fox, up 19.6 percent from the previous week. It's the show's second-highest viewership number of 2022.

SmackDown topped all of television with a 0.57 rating in the 18-49 demo, up 29.5 percent from last week. That's the best mark for the show since April 8 and is a full 50 percent higher than any other program on Friday. 

SmackDown was third on the networks in terms of total viewers, which is better than the show usually fares.

The episode featured a highly publicized appearance by Vince McMahon, with McMahon opening the show on the same day it was announced that he was voluntarily stepping away from his WWE chairman and CEO positions until the Board of Directors completes its misconduct investigation.

In the main event of the episode, Roman Reigns made his first televised defense of the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship, retaining against Riddle.

As compared to the same week in 2021, SmackDown was up 12.3 percent in total viewers and up 5.6 percent in 18-49. 

Listed below are the last 11 weeks of overall viewership and 18-49 ratings for SmackDown. This week's show was up 15.3 percent in viewers and up 23.9 percent in 18-49 as compared to the recent averages in both categories.

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