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WWE’s final Extreme Rules push doesn’t help SmackDown’s numbers

Welcome to The Horror Show.

For the third straight week, SmackDown’s audience remained below two million on July 17, averaging 1,893,000 viewers across its two hour runtime. The go home show for Extreme Rules drew flat or reduced numbers across the board for WWE and Fox.

The blue show did finish atop the ratings on the night in both the 18 - 34 and 18 - 49 adults, tied with many others in the former demo and an hour of NBC’s Dateline in the latter.

Here are the fast nationals for the broadcast networks:

Showbuzz Daily

And a look at last night in comparison to every other episode since WWE moved to Fridays last fall (all data via Showbuzz Daily):

Will next Fridays Extreme Rules fallout show reverse the trend? For the first time in a long time, they’ll have competition from live sports, as Major League Baseball is scheduled to be on ESPN on July 24. And the NBA is back the week after that...

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.

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