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WWE SmackDown posts highest ratings since April

Coming off of Sunday's Extreme Rules pay-per-view, SmackDown averaged 2.122 million viewers on Tuesday night, its highest total since the April 16 Superstar Shake-up episode and up a whopping 15 percent from last week.

It was one of the larger one-week increases since SmackDown moved to Tuesday nights. The last increase this large was October 18 of last year, but that was SmackDown 1000, which was a special episode. Prior to that, it would be April 10 of 2018, which was the post-WrestleMania show.

For a "normal" show, the previous highest increase would be October 24, 2017, which came the day after a SmackDown invasion of Raw. That episode increased 16 percent over the previous week.

SmackDown retained 86 percent of the Raw audience this week, which is slightly up from usual but in the normal range.

There was no major sports competition on cable. SmackDown finished seventh in terms of total cable TV viewers, trailing only news related programming. SmackDown did top the 18-49 demo with a 0.65 rating, 16 percent higher than the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on Bravo.

Year-over-year, SmackDown was only down seven percent. Over the last few months, the decline from 2018 is in the single digits more often than not.

Next week's rating should be higher than usual as well with some spillover from the Raw Reunion special the night before.

Here's a look at the last 10 weeks of SmackDown numbers as compared to the same week in 2018: