UPN pinned down another ratings milestone Thursday when wrestling program “WWF Smackdown” helped the netlet place first for the night in adults 18-34 — the first time it’s pulled this off on any night in its 5-1/2-year history.
Airing opposite coverage of the Republican National Convention in its second hour, “Smackdown” also placed second in adults 18-49 (3.2/10), topping Fox (2.6/9), CBS (2.0/7) and the WB (1.2/4) and tying ABC. Other demo victories included men 18-34 (5.1/21), men 18-49 (4.0/14), total teens (5.2/20) and, of course, male teens (8.1/30).
From 9-10 p.m., UPN was also the most-watched network on television (8.5 million viewers).
Thursday’s episode featured highlights from wrestler the Rock’s appearance at the convention on Wednesday.