SmackDown On Fox Draws Big Viewership, Orton Continues Taunting The Rock


SmackDown number is in.

The overnight viewership numbers are in for the premiere of Friday Night SmackDown on FOX as the show averaged 3.87 million viewers in the fast nationals. This number measures the top metered markets. 

FOX touted that the show peaked at 4,217,000 viewers from 8:00 to 8:15 p.m. Eastern time. This segment was the start of the show and featured The Rock, Becky Lynch, and Baron Corbin.

SmackDown won the night in the key 18-49 demos and finished second to CBS overall. 

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It should be noted that the number was lower than most industry predictions of 4.0 million to 4.5 million. 

The Undertaker Comments On Why He Didn’t Appear On SmackDown FOX Premiere

FOX Sports commented on the viewership with the following graphic:

Randy Orton Continues To Push For The Rock Match

Randy Orton had previously called out The Rock for a match at WrestleMania 36 in 2020. 

The former WWE Champion is continuing to push for the match as he tweeted out photos with a cardboard cutout of John Cena and asked him to let The Rock about his WrestleMania plans. You can see the tweet here: 

WrestleMania 36 will take place Sunday, April 5th, 2020 from Tampa, FL at the Raymond James Stadium and air on the WWE Network.