The final viewership number is in for the first WWE Friday Night SmackDown on FOX.
The final number came in at 3,888,000 viewers, a strong number for the network but it was expected since they were hyping a ton of big names like The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin and they got a ton of hype on NFL broadcasts. Austin, The Undertaker and Sting did not appear on the show as advertised.
The Kickoff show blue carpet special that aired at 7:30 pm in most markets, drew 2,329,000 viewers.
Needless to say, WWE management is happy with these numbers. The question will be how well they do on a weekly basis without names like The Rock. The opening segment featuring The Rock and Becky Lynch was the most-watched segment of the show with over 4 million viewers turning in during the first 15 minutes.