-- Friday's episode of SmackDown did a 1.7 cable rating, with 2.53 million viewers. Those numbers are down 11% and 7%, respectively, from the previous week. It was the lowest rating for a first-run Friday episode this year and the fewest viewers since the show before WrestleMania on March 30th. The show ranked #6 overall in viewers, one of the rare times a first-run episode has missed out on the Top 5 over the past two years. The show ranked #5 among males 18-34 and #2 among males 18-49. For males 18 – 49 the show was #1 in its timeslot but took big hits in the key male demos number-wise, down 16.1% among men 18-49, 15.3% among males 18-34 and 8.5% among males 12-34 compared to last week. At this point last year, Smackdown scored the same 1.7 rating and was up slightly from this year in viewership with 2.60 million
-- Zack Ryder turns 27 today.
-- Georgous George Jr. passed away on Saturday at the age of seventy-four following a battle with cancer. George was no relation to the original Gorgeous George, though he claimed so in the ring and even legally changed his name to George Wagner at one point. On behalf of all of us here on the website, we send our condolences to his family, friends and fans.
-- Chris Jericho announced on Twitter that a new t-shirt is being released for him next week, tweeting a pic of it with the following message: Due to popular demand, the first Chris Jericho WWE t-shirt in 4 years will be available next Mon! #jerichowannabee.