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SmackDown viewership rises again for Hell in a Cell match

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SmackDown viewership has been trending up in recent weeks, and the pattern continued for last night’s (June 18) episode.

According to the results posted at Spoiler TV, the episode averaged 1.928 million viewers across both hours (1.926 million in hour one vs. 1.930 million in hour two), which is up about four percent from the previous week. The rating in the key 18 to 49 year old demographic was 0.5 for each hour.

WWE decided to pull the Universal championship Hell in a Cell match between Roman Reigns and Rey Mysterio off of this Sunday’s (June 20) pay-per-view and instead headline SmackDown with it. Perhaps this was done to combat the stiff competition WWE was facing from the NBA and NHL playoffs.

Did the numbers go up as much as you would expect from a match of that magnitude airing on SmackDown? I’ll leave that question for my fellow Cagesiders to discuss in the comments below.

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