Friday Night Smackdown Beats MLB, College Football Games; Kickoff Show Viewership


-- As noted, this past Friday's Smackdown debut on FOX generated an enormous 3.888 million viewers, powering FOX to an easy win in the coveted 18-49 demographic among shows on broadcast. On the night, second place in this demo was actually the Smackdown Kickoff show which drew 2.329 million viewers and a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo, which means this preshow was actually watched by more people than Smackdown was the week before on the USA Network.

-- Compared to programming on cable TV, Smackdown won there too, outdrawing everything including two MLB playoff games and a college football game. The Dodgers/Nationals game was watched by 3.043 million, the Yankees/Twins game drew 3.352 million and the football game drew 1.441 million.