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WWE SmackDown draws lowest overnight ratings for Fox episode

Source: Spoiler TV

Fast national ratings for Friday night's Fourth of July weekend edition of SmackDown saw the show average 1.741 million viewers, down 6.3 percent from last week.

It's the lowest overnight number SmackDown has done since moving to Fox, just ahead of the 1.777 million viewers from one year ago this week, which was also the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

The show opened by averaging 1.699 million viewers in hour one and climbed about five percent in the second hour to 1.782 million.

In the 18-49 demo, SmackDown drew a 0.4 rating, down 20 percent from last week. That matched the lowest overnight number in the demo the show has done on Fox, which has happened several times. That trailed the Stanley Cup Finals on NBC but beat everything else on the networks in what was a down night for TV overall.

The overall viewership for the show was the lowest among the major networks, as it usually is.

Year-over-year, SmackDown's overnight viewership was down two percent and the 18-49 demo number was identical.

Final numbers will be out early next week but may be delayed because of the holiday.

Here's a look at the last 11 weeks of overnight viewership and 18-49 demo ratings for SmackDown, along with the 10-week average in both categories: