Friday Night SmackDown reaches highest 18-49 audience since October

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Friday Night SmackDown was bolstered by the return of Roman Reigns leading to his best demo figure since October.

The first SmackDown of 2022 attracted an average of 2,271,000 viewers with around 756,000 (0.58) among 18-49 year olds, according to Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics and Daily Showbuzz.

It was the show’s best 18-49 performance since October 22sd The day after episode of Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia which also starred Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar.

In global audience, this is their highest since December 17e and second best number since September 10e.

It was the first live edition of SmackDown on Fox since December 17 after a taped show aired on Christmas Eve and a “Top 10 Moments of 2021” special that aired on FS1 last week.

Friday’s episode was announced around Lesnar facing the return of Reigns, who missed the Day 1 event due to a positive COVID-19 test.

Among Friday’s network lineup, SmackDown finished third in the demo behind ABC’s Shark Tank (0.75) and 20/20 (0.70). SmackDown was second in 18-34 with 0.37 under Shark Tank.

In Canada, SmackDown averaged 167,600 viewers and 65,900 in demo 25-54 on Sportsnet 360. It was # 4 among sports shows on the night, which was dominated by the Toronto Raptors game against Utah. Jazz.

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