The McMahon shake up carried over to SmackDown as viewership numbers were up this week.
ShowBuzzDaily reports that the Dec. 18 episode of SmackDown drew 2,214,000 million viewers. This number is up from last week's viewership of 1,977,000 viewers. SmackDown hit a 2018 viewership low two weeks ago with 1,948,000 viewers.
Tuesday's episode posted a 0.74 rating in the 18 to 49 demographic, up from last week's 0.68 demographic rating.
SmackDown finished first among cable originals, beating out Curse of Oak Island on the History Channel.
Top 5 Most Viewed SmackDown Live (12/18) Videos on YouTube
Paige is relieved of her duties as SmackDown General Manager (736,000 views)
Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair want the next SmackDown Women's Title shot (640,000 views)
Daniel Bryan & Andrade Almas vs. Mustafa Ali & AJ Styles (528,000 views)
SmackDown Women's Title Match: Asuka vs. Naomi (427,000 views)
The Miz asks for Mr. McMahon's blessing to team with Shane (228,000 views)
If you missed anything from Tuesday's episode of SmackDown Live, check out Fightful's full report. And listen to the post-show podcast with Sean Ross Sapp and Alex Pawlowski.