SmackDown Ratings Demolished by Election Night Coverage

Last night's WWE SmackDown, a taped show from Glasgow, Scotland, featured a bunch of Survivor Series related announcements and hype, but it couldn't make a dent in the juggernaut that was the 2016 Presidential Election. According to Showbuzz Daily, Smackdown drew just 1.921 million viewers. This is down from last week's episode, which drew 2.187 million viewers, and a new low since going live on Tuesdays in July.

Even with Becky Lynch vs Alexa Bliss in a Women's Championship Match, and six-man action with The Wyatt Family vs. James Ellsworth, Kane and Dean Ambrose in the main event, SmackDown was #40 for the night in viewership and #29 in the 18-49 demographic. Election coverage dominated cable last night with well over 100 million viewers total.

Election coverage also took over Network TV with more than 80 million viewers across the various broadcast networks.

By comparison, Monday's taped RAW averaged 2.767 million viewers, slightly up from last week's 2.60 million viewers.

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