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WWE SmackDown draws second-lowest ratings of 2018

After a night in which Raw had its lowest audience total of the modern era, SmackDown followed with its second-lowest number of the year. 

Tuesday night's episode drew 2.095 million viewers. That's the fourth-lowest total since the 2016 brand split, trailing only the night of the 2016 election, the July 3 show from this year (holiday weekend), and June 13, 2017, which went up against game seven of the NBA finals.

With an MLB wildcard game topping the cable TV ratings for the night and news channels doing monster ratings due to ongoing coverage of the Kavanaugh confirmation process, SmackDown finished just 10th overall in the cable TV ratings for the night in terms of total viewers. SmackDown did manage to finish second in the 18-49 demo with a 0.69 rating, less than a third of the 2.09 rating that the Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago Cubs game pulled in.

SmackDown retained a higher-than-usual 92 percent of the Raw audience from Monday, likely due to the huge rating for the NFL game that aired opposite Raw. Year-over-year, SmackDown was down 9.8 percent from 2017, which is about average over the last several months.

Here's a look at the last 10 weeks of SmackDown viewership and how it compares to the same week last year: