SmackDown's viewership rises after a lot of hype for the Sheamus and Jeff Hardy Bar Fight.

According to overnight numbers released by Showbuzz Daily, the July 24 episode of SmackDown averaged 1.970 million viewers, up from the 1.893 million viewers the July 17 episode averaged. This is the strongest overnight number SmackDown has received in the month of July, a month that has also seen record lows for WWE on FOX. Three weeks ago, on July 3, SmackDown drew the lowest viewership ever for an episode of televised on the FOX Network, with only 1.776 million viewers

In the 18-49 demographic, the show drew a 0.5 rating, which is identical to last week's rating in that same demographic. Between ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, and NBC, SmackDown drew the highest rating in the 18-49 demo. The show also drew a 0.6 rating in the 25-54 demographic, which is identical to last week's rating in that demographic.

Hourly Breakdown:

Hour 1: 1.985 million viewers, 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic

Hour 2: 1.956 million viewers, 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic

Top 5 Most Viewed WWE SmackDown (7/24) Videos On YouTube:

Jeff Hardy vs. Sheamus – Bar Fight (685,000 views)

Alexa Bliss vs. Nikki Cross (390,000 views)

Bray Wyatt warns that HE has been unleashed (240,000 views)

Big E gets blessing from injured Kofi Kingston for solo run (229,000 views)

Bayley & Banks proclaim end to Women’s Evolution with new era of greatness (208,000 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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