WWE ‘Friday Night SmackDown’ Top Ratings Ahead of SummerSlam 2021

by Joe Rutland
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It’s the type of news WWE wanted heading into SummerSlam as overnight ratings indicate “Friday Night SmackDown” won the night.

According to an article from Deadline, the popular WWE show that’s carried on Fox scored a big 1-2-3 pin on other Friday night programming.

The main draw was a verbal showdown between Roman Reigns and John Cena ahead of their SummerSlam match. Cena, who has been busy making movies in recent years, is a sure-fire rating winner with WWE fans.

“Friday Night SmackDown” easily scored the demo victory with a 0.6 rating mark.

WWE Gets Fans Ready for SummerSlam 2021 With Reigns-Cena Showdown

Reigns added a stipulation to Saturday night’s match with Cena. If he loses, then Reigns said he would leave WWE. Obviously, we would like to throw in that’s a possibility. So, WWE fans will have to see if the “Head of the Table” will fall and lose his Universal Champion title.

Around the dial from other networks, their programming was filled with mostly reruns. CBS saw two programs, “Secret Celebrity Renovation” and “Greatest #At-Home Videos”, score 0.3 in the Friday night rating totals. “Blue Bloods” aired a rerun to close out CBS’ programming. The CW had legal drama “Burden of Proof” come up with a 0.1 demo and total audience number. “Dynasty” couldn’t pull that for its episode, showing up at 0.0 in its timeslot.

ABC and NBC took the rerun path, too. ABC aired “Shark Tank” and “20/20” episodes that were previously shown. NBC showed “American Ninja Warrior” and “Dateline” reruns.

WWE will gladly take the victory lap for its show, which aired before “AEW Rampage” on TNT. That show featured the return of CM Punk to pro wrestling after a seven-year departure from the business.

Vince McMahon Will Be Part of TV Series Focused on Steroid Allegations

While we’re talking about the WWE, chief executive officer Vince McMahon will be a part of a new TV series focusing on steroid allegations.

McMahon was heading up the WWE, then known as World Wrestling Federation, during the 1990s.

“The United States of America vs. Vince McMahon” will be a scripted series with WWE and production company Blumhouse overseeing production.

Allegations of steroid use and abuse among pro wrestlers were prevalent in the 1990s. Reportedly, the series will show McMahon as an important figure in the fight against illegal steroid use in the business. McMahon was part of a federal trial due to the allegations. He was indicted by the federal government in 1994 for allegedly supplying steroids to WWE wrestlers. 

Blumhouse TV president Chris McCumber said in an interview with Variety that it will make for a great series because the subject matter is “crazier than fiction.”

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