SmackDown averaged 2,650,000 viewers over the course of two hours, an increase of three percent compared to the prior week's show. It marks as the show's largest viewership since June 7.
Among cable television programs on Friday night, SmackDown ranked No. 4 in overall viewership, No. 3 in Males 18-34, and first place in Males 18-49. In the Males 18-49 demo, it was highest rating since April 12.
-- Following up on our earlier reports of a new WWE pay-per-view called Battleground, WWE.com has now officially announced the show.
"On Sunday, Oct. 6, WWE pay-per-view returns to Buffalo, N.Y., for the first time in two years with an all-new, landmark event: WWE Battleground!"
"Featuring all of the top WWE Superstars and Divas — including WWE Champion John Cena, CM Punk, Rob Van Dam, “Mr. Money in the Bank” Randy Orton and more — the inaugural WWE Battleground is sure to be a spectacular that no WWE fan will want to miss."
The show takes place from Buffalo's First Niagara Center, with tickets going on sale this Saturday (8/3) at the arena box office and Tickets.com.