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WWE SmackDown falls below 900k viewers for one-week shift to FS1

Airing on an unfamiliar station and against a monster audience for the World Series on their normal home of FOX, SmackDown had the lowest audience total in its history on Friday night, averaging just 888,000 viewers on FS1.

The show finished ninth for the night in the 18-49 demo with a 0.27 rating, barely one fourth of what the show had been averaging since moving to network TV.

WWE Backstage, which aired right after SmackDown, averaged 426,000 viewers. That was down from the 597,000 viewers that tuned in for the preview edition of the show on October 15, but WWE had the benefit of a strong lead-in from an MLB playoff game that aired directly before that episode.

SmackDown was airing on FS1 due to game three of the World Series being on FOX. The game drew 12.2 million viewers.

TNT aired an extended replay of Wednesday's AEW Dynamite episode directly against SmackDown, but ratings for that broadcast are not available at this time. AEW wrestler Jake Hager also fought in the opening bout of a Bellator event that aired on the Paramount Network and averaged 265,000 viewers, one of the lower numbers of the year for that company.

FOX aired a one-hour replay of SmackDown after Sunday afternoon football, but ratings for that show are not yet available.

Here's a look at SmackDown ratings since the move to FOX: