This week’s episode of SmackDown Live drew 2.885 million viewers, which was up on last week’s 2.637 million viewers. The episode featured John Cena’s WWE return, American Alpha winning the SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship, as well as WWE Champion AJ Styles vs. Baron Corbin vs. Dolph Ziggler in the main event for the WWE Championship.
In comparison WWE's flagship Monday Night Raw this week averaged 2.855 million viewers, which was down on last week’s 2.955 million viewers. For the first time since the draft happened, Smackdown Live beat Monday Night RAW in the ratings. 2.88 to 2.85.
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WWE Smackdown: 2.9M
Boise St-Baylor: 2.3M
Temple/Wake Forrest: 2.1M
Army/N. Texas: 1.6M