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WWE SmackDown ratings get a post-PPV bump

Despite monster competition from an NBA playoff game on Tuesday night, SmackDown viewership was up seven percent over last week. The show averaged 2.328 million viewers.

Game four of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics aired opposite SmackDown for the last 90 minutes of the show and averaged 7.017 million viewers.

With Raw ratings being down again this week, SmackDown was able to retain almost 90 percent of the audience of the WWE's flagship show. The only major thing advertised for SmackDown in advance this week was Jinder Mahal hosting a Punjabi Celebration after winning the WWE Championship from Randy Orton at Backlash.

The episode was eighth for the night in total viewers on cable, but it finished third in the 18-49 demo, trailing only the NBA game and the basketball post-game show.

Here are the SmackDown ratings in 2017 as compared to Raw from the same week: