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WWE SmackDown viewership down for Hell in a Cell fallout

Source: Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics

Friday night's episode of SmackDown averaged 1.971 million viewers on Fox, down 3.3 percent from the previous week. It was still the second-best number for the show since May 7.

In the 18-49 demo, SmackDown drew a 0.54 rating, the same number as the previous week. The actual number of viewers in 18-49 was very slightly up with 704,000 for this episode as compared to 700,000 for the previous week, but both round to the same rating number.

The previous week's show was headlined by a Universal Championship Hell in a Cell match between Roman Reigns and Rey Mysterio, so this episode would be expected to be down.

Year-over-year, SmackDown was down 9.3 percent in overall viewers. In the 18-49 demo, the rating was up eight percent from the same week last year. The actual number of viewers in 18-49 was up 2.8 percent from last year.

Here's a look at the last 11 weeks of SmackDown overall viewership and 18-49 demo numbers, along with the 10-week average. This week was above the recent average in 18-49 but down in overall viewers: