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SmackDown posts lowest ratings of 2017

After last week's disappointing SmackDown ratings, this week's episode fell even further. It dropped below 2.5 million viewers for the first time since the December 6th, 2016 show, which came in at 2.479 million.

Tuesday's show averaged 2.493 million viewers, down two percent from the previous week's total.

SmackDown was sixth for the night on cable in total viewers, with its main competition being an NBA playoff game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets, which did 4.143 million directly opposite SmackDown.

The episode did finish third for the night in the 18-49 demo, trailing only the two NBA playoff games that both aired on TNT.

SmackDown is now averaging 2.57 million viewers on Tuesday nights since the brand split, well up from what the show had been doing in its taped format on Thursdays. The numbers have dropped with the traditional post-Mania lull, as expected, but would still be considered good at their current levels.