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SmackDown does third-best ratings number since brand split

Tuesday night's SmackDown on the USA Network was up to 2.792 million viewers, the show's third-best showing since last July's brand split.

The show featured a previously announced battle royal to supposedly determine a new number one contender for the WWE Championship in the main event. The night also opened with a SmackDown Women's Championship match between rivals Alexa Bliss and Becky Lynch after Naomi was forced to relinquish the title and a well-promoted grudge match between Nikki Bella and Natalya.

SmackDown finished fifth for the night in total viewers on cable, higher than it does most weeks, and it was second in the 18-49 demo with a 0.95 rating. It also retained a slightly higher than usual portion of the Raw audience from the night before, at 87.5 percent.

There was no big sports competition on Tuesday with the NBA on its All-Star break so that likely helped the rating, although all the major networks did have first-run programming.

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