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WWE SmackDown Sees Uptick in Viewers Amid Heartfelt Tributes

10 months ago By Sports Desk

Last night’s WWE SmackDown turned into a poignant episode as it dedicated its broadcast to the fond memories of WWE legends Terry Funk and Bray Wyatt, both of whom sadly left us this past Thursday. The sudden shift in programming, which brought about an outpouring of emotions from both the wrestlers and fans, seems to have resonated with viewers, as preliminary numbers show a notable increase in viewership.

SpoilerTV released the preliminary overnight figures for the show, indicating an average viewership of 2.505 million across both hours. These figures showcase a significant leap from the previous week’s numbers, which settled at 2.233 million initially but were later adjusted down to 2.094 million, attributed mainly to NFL preseason game coverage distractions.

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Despite WWE SmackDown being pre-empted in several markets this week, which typically tends to reduce final viewership numbers, the surge in the overnight ratings speaks volumes. The P18-49 key demographic saw a rating of 0.71, rising steeply from the previous week’s preliminary figure of 0.53, which was finalized at 0.55. With this performance, WWE SmackDown snatched the No. 1 spot for primetime broadcast programming on Friday, reflecting the deep emotional connection the audience shared with the celebrated superstars.

However, even with the poignant tributes and high viewership, NFL Football still led the way for Friday night’s viewership, pulling in a staggering 3.697 million viewers.

As WWE and its fans mourn the loss of their beloved superstars, it’s evident that their legacy will continue to shine bright, as shown by the surge in viewership. The final figures for last night’s SmackDown will be awaited eagerly, but the initial numbers already emphasize the indelible mark left by the late wrestlers on the heart of the wrestling community.

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