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WWE SmackDown Live ratings (Mar. 13, 2018): Fastlane fallout delivers big

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Is it because fans knew Fastlane was behind us and the Road to WrestleMania could officially start for the blue brand? Carry over from a great night for Raw? The latest proof that McMahon drama sells? Evidence Charlotte vs. Asuka should main event on April 8?

Whatever the reasons, the Mar. 13 episode of SmackDown delivered for WWE, to the tune of the best numbers of 2018 - and going all the way back to the Superstar Shakeup last April - with 2,771,000 viewers tuning in.

That was the fifth biggest audience among cable originals on Tuesday night, behind Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC and Sean Hannity on Fox News (the Pennsylvania special congressional election and the Secretary of State’s firing played big on both sides of the aisle), and HGTV’s Fixer Upper.

WWE won the night in demographic share among 18 - 49 year olds with a .91, also a landmark number for the year.

Can they keep it up or even grow from here? We’ll find out next week. To tide you over, here’s a rundown of SmackDown’s not-as-good numbers over the past six months (including overall 18 - 49 year old ratings for 2018 episodes):

Mar. 6 - 2.59 million / .75
Feb. 28 - 2.69 million / .86
Feb. 20 - 2.61 million / .8
Feb. 13 - 2.45 million / .76
Feb. 6 - 2.51 million / .75
Jan. 30 - 2.51 million / .76
Jan. 23 - 2.58 million / .8
Jan. 16 - 2.6 million / .78
Jan. 9 - 2.6 million / .76
Jan. 2 - 2.72 million / .82
Dec. 26 - 2.66 million
Dec. 19 - 2.58 million
Dec. 12 - 2.48 million
Dec. 5 - 2.49 million
Nov. 28 - 2.68 million
Nov. 21 - 2.66 million
Nov. 14 - 2.61 million
Nov. 7 - 2.6 million
Oct. 31 - 2.12 million
Oct. 24 - 2.7 million
Oct. 17 - 2.32 million
Oct. 10 - 2.47 million
Oct. 3 - 2.32 million
Sept. 26 - 2.54 million
Sept. 19 - 2.51 million
Sept. 12 - 2.75 million
Sept. 5 - 2.58 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.

Source: Showbuzz Daily