via press release:
WWE FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN® HITS SEASON HIGHS IN TOTAL VIEWERS, ADULTS 18-49, ADULTS 25-54 AND HOUSEHOLD RATINGS DURING JANUARY 21 TELECAST ON SYFY
MOST WATCHED FRIDAY PRIME TELECAST IN MORE THAN SIX YEARS
SYFY #1 IN CABLE PRIME AMONG ADULTS 18-49 AND ADULTS 25-54
NEW YORK – January 24, 2011 – WWE Friday Night SmackDown® reached season highs among total viewers, Adults 18-49, Adults 25-54 and household ratings during its Friday, January 21 telecast on Syfy, making it the channel’s most watched Friday prime telecast since July 2004 (Stargate Atlantis).
During the 8-10PM (ET/PT) time period, SmackDown pinned 3.3 million total viewers, 1.45 million Adults 25-54 and 1.27 million Adults 18-49, while averaging a 2.1 HH rating.
This fueled Syfy to #1 among all cable entertainment networks in 8-11PM prime among Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54.
The program soared +11% in total viewers, +14% in Adults 18-49 and +18% in Adults 25-54 compared to last week’s January 14 telecast.
SmackDown debuted on Syfy on October 1, 2010.
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