Roman Reigns' championship win and new challenger crowned makes for an exciting night despithe a dip in the overnight viewership numbers of Friday Night SmackDown.

According to overnight numbers released by Showbuzz Daily, the September 4 episode of SmackDown averaged 2.065 million viewers, down from the 2.181 million viewers the August 28 episode averaged. This was the first episode of Friday Night SmackDown following Roman Reigns' turning heel and recapturing the WWE Universal Championship at Payback

In the 18-49 demographic, the show averaged a 0.55 rating, which is down slightly as compared to last week's rating. Between ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, and NBC, SmackDown garnered the highest rating in the 18-49 demo. The show also drew a 0.7 rating in the 25-54 demographic, which is identical to last week's rating in that same demo.

Hourly Breakdown:

Hour 1: 2.018 million viewers, 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic

Hour 2: 2.113 million viewers, 0.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic

Top 5 Most Viewed WWE SmackDown (9/4) Videos On YouTube:

Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman explain their relationship (950,000 views)

Jey Uso asks Roman Reigns about his recent actions (891,000 views)

Bayley brutalizes Sasha Banks (716,000 views)

Riddle vs. Uso vs. Sheamus vs. Corbin– Winner challenges Roman Reigns (600,000 views)

Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler vs. Bayley & Sasha Banks (421,000 views)

If you missed any of the action from SmackDown, check out Fightful’s full report on the show and listen to the post-show podcast for a complete review of all the action.

For a full breakdown on viewership numbers from various wrestling programs, check out Fightful's resources page.

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