WWE SmackDown’s go-home show before Hell in a Cell saw a massive decline in viewership two weeks ago.
However, the prime reason for this was SmackDown’s special cable airing FS1 instead of FOX. This was a one-off change due to Game 3 of the World Series between Los Angles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays.
October 23rd episode of SmackDown drew only 881,000 viewers despite proving to be great theater. However, last week’s SmackDown saw a massive surge in viewers in comparison to the week before that.
As per ShowBuzz Daily, Friday Night SmackDown averaged 2.286 million viewers and it was better than last week and October 16 when the show averaged 2.214 million viewers. SmackDown also scored a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic.
SmackDown has been averaging over 2 million viewers for a while now and has gained significant interest from the wrestling fans as compared to Monday Night Raw.
Ever since FOX and WWE agreed on a SmackDown deal, the company is treating this show as an A-Grade theatre.