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WWE SmackDown ratings down against Democratic debate

After a night in which Raw had its poorest showing since mid-June, SmackDown ratings fell 12 percent for Tuesday night's episode. The show averaged 1.911 million viewers after two straight weeks over the two million mark.

Despite going up against the first night of this week's Democratic Party debates, SmackDown retained the usual 82 percent of the Monday night audience. The debate dominated the cable TV news ratings while averaging almost nine million viewers on CNN.

SmackDown fell to 12th for the night on cable in terms of total viewers, trailing news-related programming, which would be debate coverage and the debate itself in this case. In the 18-49 demo, where SmackDown usually finishes first or second, SmackDown dropped to fifth with a 0.57 rating.

The show fell over 20 percent from the same week in 2018, a similar drop to what Monday's Raw suffered. It will be interesting to see if the Roman Reigns cliffhanger leads to an increase next week.

Here's a look at the last 10 weeks of SmackDown ratings as compared to the same week last year: