Friday Night SmackDown declines following big John Cena episode

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Friday Night SmackDown saw the comedown effect after John Cena spiked the prior week’s numbers.

Friday’s episode from Memphis averaged 2,257,000 viewers and approximately 691,000 (0.53) in the 18-49 demographic and was third among network programming that night (Data: Showbuzz Daily and Wrestlenomics).

The viewership for the show dropped 14 percent from last week’s episode, which was the most-watched episode of SmackDown in two years. If you compare it with two weeks ago, overall viewership was down by 5 percent.

In the 18-49 demographic, SmackDown decreased by 18 percent from the week prior and 4 percent from two weeks ago. It was the show’s lowest numbers since December 16th.

The 18-34 demographic declined by 25 percent and 18 percent from two weeks ago.

Adults 35-49 were down by 14 percent from last week but were up by 5 percent from two weeks ago.

In Canada, the show averaged 197,100 viewers and 93,100 in the 25-54 demographic on Sportsnet 360 compared to 207,500 and 86,300 in the demo last week, so the demo audience outperformed the episode with John Cena on it.

SmackDown aired against the Brooklyn Nets vs. New Orleans Hornets game that averaged 1,326,000 viewers and 0.46 in the demo on ESPN, which was the top cable program on Friday.

The show included The Usos defending the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships against Drew McIntyre & Sheamus, and Roman Reigns appeared throughout the episode.

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