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WWE’s Live ‘SmackDown’ Debut Locks Up Show’s Top Rating Since 2010

Superstar draft actually topples prior night’s “Raw”

Tuesday’s live “WWE SmackDown” debut scored the series’ best TV rating since December 2010 in the key 18-49 demographic.

It also topped Monday’s “Raw” in all major demos — a rare feat for the little-brother program.

“SmackDown Live” bested the previous evening’s “Raw” by 1 percent in total viewers, and by 5 percent among those 18-49. The two-hour “SmackDown” (8-10 p.m. ET) beat out the three-hour “Raw” (8-11) among 18-34-year-olds by 15 percent.

The “SmackDown Live” premiere — home to the WWE Draft — landed 3.170 million total viewers, with 1.499 million coming from the advertiser-sought 18-49 group. In total viewers, that’s up 53 percent from Thursday’s pre-taped “SmackDown.” In the main demo, it was a huge 112 percent jump. Among those 18-34, last night’s episode soared 164 percent.

Click here to see who ended up on the “SmackDown” roster, and here for “Raw’s” wrestlers.

Socially, “SmackDown Live” ranked as the No. 2 cable program of the night in terms of engagement. That’s up 132 percent from Thursday.