TV ratings: WWE Tribute to the Troops; Saturday, December 17

WWE Tribute to the Troops aired on Saturday afternoon on Fox with a 2:53 pm start time and was watched by an average of 612,000 viewers. The show had a 0.17 P18-49 rating, or about 220,000 viewers in the age group.

By a wide margin, this is the lowest viewership for a Tribute to the Troops episode since the concept debuted in 2003. The viewership for Saturday’s airing was about one-third of the audience the annual special had last year when it aired on Fox with a Sunday 5 pm start time. Last year’s show likely benefited from a lead-in following the NFL window on Fox.

The Tribute to the Troops theme, which has always been a Christmas-time tradition for WWE, was originally applied as a special edition of Smackdown (in 2003 and 2004), then of Raw (2005 through 2007), taped at overseas U.S. military bases, before getting a separate time slot of its own, airing on NBC and USA Network until moving to Fox beginning in 2020.

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