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WWE SmackDown Live ratings (Sept. 26, 2017): Numbers up slightly after Mahal controversy

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Whatever bad press or controversy was created by the Sept. 19 episode of SmackDown didn’t hurt this week’s episode.

It would be hard to argue that Jinder Mahal’s promo, or anything else, had much of an effect on the numbers, as viewership for WWE’s Tuesday night show stayed right in the range it’s occupied for months with 2,542,000 tuning in on Sept. 26. That’s up a modest 32K from seven days ago.

That was good for fourth biggest audience among cable originals on the night, as outside Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Rachel Maddow, numbers for political talk shows were below where they’ve been lately. In the ratings department, the rise was a little sharper, up with 18 - 49 year olds to .82 from last week’s .74, but still behind FX’s American Horror Story.

With a visit from Vince McMahon and the SummerSlam fallout show the only things to push the blue brand to 2.6 million viewers and above since July, there’s not much reason to think next Tuesday’s Hell in a Cell ‘go home’ results will be very different.

Here’s a rundown of the blue brand’s numbers this year:

Sept. 19 - 2.51 million
Sept. 12 - 2.75 million
Sept. 5 - 2.58 million
Aug. 29 - 2.46 million
Aug. 22 - 2.69 million
Aug. 15 - 2.53 million
Aug. 8 - 2.58 million
Aug. 1 - 2.57 million
July 25 - 2.54 million
July 18 - 2.55 million
July 11 - 2.47 million
July 4 - 2.32 million
June 27 - 2.60 million
June 20 - 2.6 million
June 13 - 2.072 million
June 6 - 2.349 million
May 30 - 2.35 million
May 23 - 2.33 million
May 16 - 2.175 million
May 9 - 2.348 million
May 2 - 2.3 million
April 25 - 2.49 million
April 18 - 2.54 million
April 11 - 3.11 million
April 4 - 2.89 million
March 29 - 2.7 million
March 21 - 2.65 million
March 14 - 2.63 million
March 7 - 2.74 million
Feb. 28 - 2.57 million
Feb. 21 - 2.79 million
Feb. 14 - 2.63 million
Feb. 7 - 2.63 million
Jan. 31 - 2.82 million
Jan. 24 - 2.56 million
Jan. 17 - 2.65 million
Jan. 10 -2.53 million
Jan. 3 - 2.59 million

For complete results and the live blog for SmackDown this week click here. To read a complete recap & review of all the night’s events click here. For a full playlist of the show click here.