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WWE SmackDown ratings inch down for SummerSlam go-home show

SmackDown ratings fell again this week, although by less than half a percent, as this week's show averaged 2,189 million viewers, down 8,000 from last Tuesday.

It was again the lowest audience for SmackDown since the beginning of June, and the show retained just 78 percent of the Raw audience from Monday night.

Worse, the episode dropped over 13 percent from last year's SummerSlam go-home show, the seventh time in the last nine weeks they've had a double-digit decline in the year-over-year numbers. 

SmackDown did finish sixth overall for the night in overall viewers on cable but, as per usual, topped the ratings in the 18-49 demo with a 0.70 rating. Miz and Mrs. finished out of the top 10 in overall viewers with 1.162 million but did come in third in the demo with a 0.51 rating. USA Network is obviously happy with how that series is doing as they've renewed it for a second season.

Here's a look at the last 10 weeks of SmackDown ratings as compared to the same week in 2017. As you can see, the double-digit declines are now a trend as they are averaging over a 10 percent drop: