WWE SmackDown tops all programming on Friday for Bloodline split

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WWE SmackDown was the top program on all of television this past Friday for the latest chapter of the Bloodline story.

The June 16 episode from Lexington, Kentucky, averaged 2,430,000 viewers and 876,000 (0.67) in the 18-49 demographic beating everything on broadcast and cable on Friday. (Showbuzz Daily, Wrestlenomics)

It was SmackDown’s most-watched episode in two weeks since the 1000-day celebration for Roman Reigns with an increase of 7% viewership and 11% gain in the key demographic from last week.

In the key demos, it was female viewership that led the way with a 26% gain among women 18-49, a 25% uptick with women 18-34, and a 26% increase with women 35-49.

Males in the three categories saw a 4% increase in 18-49, a 2% loss in 18-34, and a 7% rise in 35-49.

SmackDown’s closest competition was NBC’s coverage of the U.S. Open Golf tournament on Friday evening with 2,433,000 viewers and 0.40 in the demo. The afternoon coverage of the U.S. Open led the cable rankings with USA Network’s programming.

In Canada, SmackDown averaged approximately 155,300 viewers and 57,500 in the 25-54 demographic on Sportsnet 360, which was a 23% increase in viewers and a 3% decline in the demo from last week. It ranked seventh among sports programs for the night in the country, which was led by the Toronto Blue Jays vs. Texas Rangers and the CFL game between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Saskatchewan Roughriders.

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