Early data points to big viewership for Friday’s SmackDown on FS1

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SmackDown may have scored its best-ever rating on FS1, according to early viewership data.

The show was pre-empted on FOX on Friday due to coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

“Fast-nationals” data indicates a viewership of 1.182 million, which represents a rise of 31% on the previous time SmackDown was aired on FS1.

The show benefitted from a highly publicized appearance by Roman Reigns in a Bloodline ‘Rules of Engagement’ segment with Jey Uso. The move to FS1 was prominently promoted on WWE programming over the past week.

Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics listed previous viewership stats for SmackDown on FS1 and stated that last night’s number was “likely SmackDown’s best ever on FS1.”

The final ratings data will become available on Monday.

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