The ratings are in for this past Friday night's (Nov. 4, 2011) episode of WWE Friday Night Smackdown and after taking a hit for a week due to the World Series, the show has rebounded with another strong showing.
WWE Smackdown on Friday, November 4 scored a 2.19 rating, up from a 1.93 rating the previous week up against Game 7 of the World Series.
After the one off-week, Smackdown resumed its hot streak that started in September after the live Super Smackdown episode on Tuesday, August 30 and around the time of Night of Champions when Mark Henry became World Hvt. champion.
Smackdown averaged 3.27 million viewers, which is the most average viewers since the Smackdown following WrestleMania 27 in April.
Smackdown is one of the many beneficiaries of the NBA lockout not to mention the fall season. The big turnaround, however, came right around the same time Mark Henry won the world heavyweight championship. And, shockingly enough, he's been booked like a true champion, one worthy of actually holding the title.
There's no way to sell Henry short here. His character has caught on and it seems as though Smackdown, as along as it's so much better than Raw, will continue to provide SyFy with solid ratings every Friday night.
It's almost like a move to Tuesday to run live makes no sense anymore, although that is reportedly still in the cards.