Friday Night SmackDown finishes first among network programs

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Friday Night SmackDown finished first among network programming for the night with minimal change from the prior week’s figures.

The November 12th edition of the show from Norfolk, Virginia, averaged 2,104,000 viewers and approximately 728,000 (0.56) in the 18-49 demographic, according to Showbuzz Daily and Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics.

The show saw a minor increase of 0.5 percent in viewers and a decrease of 1.6 percent in 18-49, so they were essentially flat from the week prior.

The show was headlined by Roman Reigns taking on King Woods with the loser having to bend the knee, which ended in a second straight week where a New Day member was beaten down by The Bloodline.

Among the network programs, SmackDown was first in 18-49 and 18-34, although in overall viewership it would have finished last among the big four networks.

The show went against ESPN’s coverage of the Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics that finished third on cable with 1,175,000 and 0.39 in 18-49 and the World Cup Qualifying match between the U.S. and Mexico, which began just after 9 p.m. ET on ESPN 2.

In Canada, SmackDown did not finish among the top ten sports programs and averaged 111,000 viewers on Sportsnet 360.