House Democrat presses Google, Apple to increase transparency around foreign-owned apps

Rep. Stephen LynchStephen Francis LynchHillicon Valley: UK bans Huawei from 5G networks | Shipt workers to strike over pay structure | Democrat presses Google, Apple over foreign transparency House Democrat presses Google, Apple to increase transparency around foreign-owned apps The Hill’s Campaign Report: Jacksonville mandates face coverings as GOP convention approaches MORE (D-Mass.) on Tuesday urged Google and Apple to be more transparent with customers about the potential data privacy dangers of foreign-made apps.

Lynch, who serves as chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee’s national security subcommittee, reached out to the companies following statements from the FBI and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) that foreign-made apps could pose a danger to consumers.

“We remain concerned that mobile applications owned or operated by foreign developers, or that store the user data of U.S. citizens overseas, could enable our adversaries to access significant quantities of potentially sensitive information on American citizens without their knowledge to the detriment of U.S. national security,” Lynch wrote in letters to Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Apple CEO Tim Cook. 

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Lynch previously wrote to the FBI and the ODNI in February raising concerns around foreign-made and controlled apps.

The FBI responded to Lynch earlier this month, stating in a letter that “if users voluntarily provide information to a mobile application that is based in a foreign country or that stores information in a foreign country, the information is subject to the respective foreign country’s laws, which may allow its acquisition by that country’s government.”

The ODNI backed up concerns around U.S. data used by foreign-made apps, writing in a separate response to Lynch this month that foreign mobile apps do present a security risk.

“Mobile applications developed, operated or owned by foreign entities present a potential national security risk because developers can deliberately code kill switches, backdoors or vulnerable data streams into mobile applications that allow access to the application’s software, application-generated data, or even—in some cases—the device itself,” the ODNI wrote to Lynch. 

As a result of the concerns from the intelligence agencies, Lynch asked Google and Apple to commit to requiring app developers to disclose the countries where user data is stored, make this information available to customers considering downloading the app, and also asked whether the companies would consider further changes to protect data privacy.

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“At a minimum, Google should take steps to ensure that users are aware of the potential privacy and national security risks of sharing sensitive information with applications that store data in countries adversarial to the United States, or whose developers are subsidiaries of overseas companies,” Lynch wrote to Pichai, with similar comments made to Cook. 

Both Google and Apple did not respond to The Hill’s request for comment on Lynch’s letters sent Tuesday. 

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Lynch is not alone in his concerns over foreign owned and controlled apps. Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoUS praises British ban on China’s Huawei after pressure campaign Overnight Defense: Panel approves 4.6B bill addressing border wall funds, Confederate name changes | Navy ship fire rages on Trump says he has no plans to speak with Chinese president MORE said the Trump administration is considering banning Chinese social media apps including video app TikTok due to data collection concerns. This move came on the heels of India banning TikTok and 58 other Chinese apps following geopolitical tensions between the two countries. 

Duckworth releases hold on military confirmations, citing proof Vindman earned promotion

Sen. Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthDuckworth releases hold on military confirmations, citing proof Vindman earned promotion In politics, as in baseball, it ain’t over till it’s over Congress pulls punches on Russian bounties firestorm MORE (D-Ill.) lifted her hold on some military confirmations after she said Defense Secretary Mark EsperMark EsperDuckworth releases hold on military confirmations, citing proof Vindman earned promotion White House CTO chosen to serve as acting Pentagon tech chief Congress pulls punches on Russian bounties firestorm MORE confirmed to her that he did not block the promotion of Lt. Col. Alexander VindmanAlexander VindmanDuckworth releases hold on military confirmations, citing proof Vindman earned promotion GOP chairman vows to protect whistleblowers following Vindman retirement over ‘bullying’ Marie Yovanovitch on Vindman retirement: He ‘deserved better than this. Our country deserved better than this’ MORE to colonel.

Duckworth, a combat veteran herself who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, had said earlier this month that she intended to block the Senate confirmation of 1,123 senior U.S. Armed Forces promotions until Esper confirmed Vindman did not face any obstacles in his promotion after appearing as a prominent witness in the impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pitches Goya Foods products on Twitter Sessions defends recusal: ‘I leave elected office with my integrity intact’ Former White House physician Ronny Jackson wins Texas runoff MORE

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“Donald Trump’s unprecedented efforts to further politicize our military by retaliating against Lt. Col. Vindman—for doing his patriotic duty of telling the truth under oath—are unconscionable. I’m glad the Department of Defense was finally able to set the record straight that Vindman had earned and was set to receive a promotion to Colonel,” Duckworth said in a statement. 

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“We must always protect the merit-based system that is the foundation of our Armed Forces from political corruption and unlawful retaliation.”

Democrats have accused the Trump administration of trying to politicize the military after Vindman was ousted from his role on the National Security Council and escorted out of the White House following his testimony. 

The Washington Post reported last month that government officials expressed concern that Trump would block Vindman’s promotion to full colonel because of his actions during the impeachment inquiry. 

“Our military is supposed to be the ultimate meritocracy,” Duckworth said when she first announced she would block the military confirmations. “It is simply unprecedented and wrong for any Commander in Chief to meddle in routine military matters at all, whether or not he has a personal vendetta against a Soldier who did his patriotic duty and told the truth—a Soldier who has been recommended for promotion by his superiors because of his performance.”

Vindman, who was on detail from the Defense Department, returned to a position there following his ouster from the White House. His twin brother Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman, who also worked at the National Security Council, was dismissed from his position the same day as his brother.  

Vindman ultimately announced last week that he was retiring from the Army after serving in the branch for over two decades. Amb. David Pressman, Vindman’s attorney, said in a statement that his client was retiring “after it has been made clear that his future within the institution he has dutifully served will forever be limited.”

Judge blocks second planned federal execution, citing inmate's dementia

For the second time this week, a judge in Washington, D.C., has blocked the Trump administration from resuming federal executions.

U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan granted a preliminary injunction early Wednesday morning to Wesley Ira Purkey, a man who suffers from dementia and schizophrenia who is scheduled to be executed later in the day. The Department of Justice has already appealed Chutkan’s order.

The same process occurred earlier this week in the hours leading up to the first federal execution in 17 years. Chutkan had ordered an injunction against the death sentence, only to be overruled by the Supreme Court just hours later, shortly after 2 a.m. on Tuesday.

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The administration quickly moved to execute Daniel Lewis Lee later Tuesday morning.

“The speed with which the government seeks to carry out these executions, and the Supreme Court’s prioritization of that pace over additional legal process, makes it considerably more likely that injunctions may issue at the last minute, despite the efforts of Plaintiffs’ counsel to raise, and the court to adjudicate, the claims in a timely fashion,” Chutkan wrote on Wednesday.

Chutkan, who was appointed by former President Obama, said that the new injunction is warranted because of Purkey’s mental state. His lawyers have argued that his dementia prevents him from understanding why he is set to be executed.

Purkey was convicted and sentenced to death for a 1998 kidnapping and murder of a 16-year-old girl.

“Wes Purkey is a 68-year old, severely brain-damaged and mentally ill man who suffers from advanced Alzheimer’s disease and dementia,” Rebecca Woodman, Purkey’s attorney, said in a statement. “Though he has long accepted responsibility for his crime, he no longer has a rational understanding of why the government plans to execute him. By staying Wes’s execution, the court’s action signals the importance of allowing him to present the extensive, available medical evidence demonstrating his incompetency to be executed.”

Chutkan on Wednesday also ordered a new injunction in a group of death row inmates’ legal challenge against the administration’s new execution protocol, which involves a single drug called pentobarbital sodium.

Both of her orders were appealed to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and could reach the Supreme Court later today.

Updated at 9:51 a.m.

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White House blames 'cancel culture' for criticism of Ivanka Trump's Goya tweet

The White House said Wednesday that Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpIvanka Trump pitches Goya Foods products on Twitter On The Money: Cash-strapped cities hammered by COVID-19 beg for federal help | Trump signs bill imposing sanctions on China over Hong Kong | White House campaign advocates new ‘pathways’ to jobs amid pandemic Democratic super PAC to launch ‘Creepy Trump’ TV ad MORE was expressing her “personal support” for Goya Foods in a tweet posing with the company’s product, blaming the media and “cancel culture movement” for criticism she received over the social media post.

“Only the media and the cancel culture movement would criticize Ivanka for showing her personal support for a company that has been unfairly mocked, boycotted and ridiculed for supporting this administration – one that has consistently fought for and delivered for the Hispanic community,” White House specialty media director Carolina Hurley said in a statement.

“Ivanka is proud of this strong, Hispanic-owned business with deep roots in the U.S. and has every right to express her personal support,” added Hurley, who also serves as Ivanka Trump’s spokeswoman.

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Ivanka Trump, a senior adviser to President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pitches Goya Foods products on Twitter Sessions defends recusal: ‘I leave elected office with my integrity intact’ Former White House physician Ronny Jackson wins Texas runoff MORE and his eldest daughter, posted a photo of herself posing with a can of Goya beans on her Twitter account late Tuesday. The post included the company’s slogan: “If it’s Goya, it has to be good. Si es Goya, tiene que ser bueno.” The message quickly drew criticism and charges that it violated ethics law.

Federal regulations prohibit government employees from using their public office “for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise.”

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Ivanka Trump shared the image using her personal Twitter account, but her biography states that she is an adviser to the president and she regularly uses the account to promote her efforts serving as a White House official.

She expressed support for Goya amid backlash over company CEO Robert Unanue’s public praise of the president at a White House event last week when he said that the country is “blessed” to have Trump as a leader. Unanue’s remarks sparked a boycott of Goya, which is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company.

Walter ShaubWalter Michael ShaubNadler to subpoena AG Barr over Berman firing Pence chief of staff owns stock affected by boss’s coronavirus work: report HHS secretary faces criticism over naming aide with little public health experience to lead COVID-19 response MORE, former director of the Office of Government Ethics, tweeted that Ivanka’s decision to disclose her title on her personal account weighed against her and said the circumstances surrounding the tweet helped create a “strong appearance” that she was endorsing a product in her official capacity.

“Ms. Trump’s Goya tweet is clearly a violation of the government’s misuse of position regulation,” Shaub wrote. “Ms. Trump has had ethics training. She knows better. But she did it anyway because no one in this administration cares about government ethics.”

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Trump to move forward with rollback of bedrock environmental law

President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pitches Goya Foods products on Twitter Sessions defends recusal: ‘I leave elected office with my integrity intact’ Former White House physician Ronny Jackson wins Texas runoff MORE is expected to finalize a rollback to one of the nation’s bedrock environmental laws Wednesday in a move critics say will be particularly harmful to minority communities.

The changes to the 1970 National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which mandates environmental reviews of major construction projects and pipelines, are being pitched by the Trump administration as a way to cut regulations, expedite energy and infrastructure projects, and give a boost to the economy.

The rollback, first proposed in January, is moving forward amid heightened tensions over racial injustice stemming from police brutality and health disparities laid bare by the coronavirus. Critics argue that Trump’s erosion of 50-year-old protections will hit minority communities the hardest since polluting industries are disproportionately likely to be located in neighborhoods with large nonwhite populations.

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“The Trump administration’s NEPA rollback will further endanger those bearing the greatest burden of legacy environmental injustice and structural racism,” said Rep. A. Donald McEachinAston (Donale) Donald McEachinOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden pledges carbon-free power by 2035 in T environment plan | Trump administration has been underestimating costs of carbon pollution, government watchdog finds | Trump to move forward with rollback of bedrock environmental law Trump to move forward with rollback of bedrock environmental law Sanders-Biden climate task force calls for carbon-free power by 2035 MORE (D-Va.) on a press call.

Trump is expected to announce implementation of the NEPA changes during a visit to the UPS Hapeville Airport Hub in Atlanta. According to a White House official, the president will discuss his actions to get rid of what the administration describes as burdensome regulations.

NEPA requires that the government review how pipelines, highways, and certain oil and gas projects impact the environment and nearby residential communities.

The White House Council on Environmental Quality in January proposed limiting the law’s scope to exclude some projects from undergoing review, such as those receiving little federal funding. The proposal, which is slated to be finalized Wednesday, is expected to also allow for more industry involvement in those environmental impact reviews.

The changes also would no longer require consideration of “cumulative” effects of new projects, something the courts have largely interpreted as weighing the climate effects of a project and how a new project interacts with existing sources of nearby pollution.

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Instead, officials would need to consider only the “reasonably foreseeable” effects of a project.

Environmentalists argue that would allow the government to look the other way when projects contribute considerable amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Proponents of the changes have billed them as a modernization to a law that has created significant delays for infrastructure projects.

Announcing the proposal in January, Trump said, “From day one, my administration has made fixing this regulatory nightmare a top priority. And we want to build new roads, bridges, tunnels, highways bigger, better, faster, and we want to build them at less cost.”

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The new rule is also expected to shorten the time it takes for the government to complete environmental impact statements from about 4 ½ years to about two years.

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The overall changes could also strip environmentalists of a valuable legal tool. NEPA has been used in court to challenge infrastructure projects suspected of skirting federal permitting rules. The law was cited in recent court decisions that dealt setbacks to the Dakota Access pipeline.

Wednesday’s action won’t be the first time Trump has taken aim at NEPA.

In June, he signed an executive order that waives requirements under several environmental laws, including NEPA, to help jump-start the economy during the coronavirus recession. The order also would speed up permitting for construction projects that are overseen by various federal agencies.

More than 100 Democratic lawmakers wrote to the administration last week opposing the upcoming NEPA changes.

“Historically, EJ communities have been targeted for projects, and, in turn, continue to experience negative environmental and health impacts,” the lawmakers wrote, referring to environmental justice communities, or those that have faced environmental inequality.

“NEPA was created to give a voice to those who are often rendered voiceless and has successfully allowed impacted populations to challenge projects that negatively affect their water quality, air quality, economic prosperity, and overall health and safety,” they added, arguing Trump’s changes would “halt this progress and careen in the opposite direction, threatening to undermine years of hard-fought progress.”

Several studies have shown that low-income communities and communities of color are more likely to be affected by pollution due to the proximity of projects and construction.

“We have a right to know if our social cohesion and community sustainability will be enhanced or diminished with a project or if the cumulative effects of multiple polluting sources will diminish the air, soil and water quality where we live,” Peggy Shepard, executive director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice, told reporters.

“The planned changes to NEPA are another action in a campaign designed to silence communities,” she said.

England to mandate mask in shops and markets: report

England will require people to wear masks in shops and markets, a spokesperson for U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Sky News on Monday.

The country will follow 150 others in mandating masks starting July 24. Police will enforce the new requirement, with those who do not wear face coverings facing fines of up to $114, or $57 if the fine is paid within 14 days.

“There is growing evidence that wearing a face covering in an enclosed space helps protect individuals and those around them from coronavirus,” Johnson’s spokesperson told Sky News. 

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“The prime minister has been clear that people should be wearing face coverings in shops and we will make this mandatory from July 24,” the spokesperson added. 

The decision will align England with Scotland and other European nations such as Spain, Italy and Germany.

Masks became required on public transport on June 15, except for children under 11 and people with certain disabilities. The new face covering requirement will allow the same exceptions, according to the news outlet. 

Official guidance has recommended that people wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces since mid-May.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is expected to outline the restrictions on Tuesday.

But London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the country “can’t afford to wait another day and the government should bring this policy in immediately – further delay risks lives,” according to Sky News. 

The U.K. has confirmed 291,691 cases of COVID-19, leading to 44,915 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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University of Minnesota Coaches Corner – December 2, 2015

In this week’s Coach’s Corner, Gopher Wrestling Head Assistant Coach Brandon Eggum breaks down the Gophers’ dual at Oklahoma State – in which the teams split 10 matches – and provides a quick look ahead at the Minnesota lineup for this weekend’s Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas.

Coach’s Corner is a weekly series that debuts every Wednesday. Fans can find the latest episodes here on GopherSports.com and on the 2015-16 Gopher Wrestling playlist on YouTube . For all the latest news around the program, keep it tuned to GopherSports.com and be sure to follow Gopher Wrestling on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Gophers advance four to finals at Husky Open

A group of 11 unattached Minnesota wrestlers competed in the Holiday Inn / Husky Open at St. Cloud State on Saturday. One-third of the Gopher contingent reached the championship bout at their weights, led by Steve Polakowski and Brad Dolezal, who won titles at 125 and 157 pounds, respectively.

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The tournament was the second of the season for Polakowski, who finished fourth at 133 pounds at the Daktronics Open six weeks ago. On Saturday, he opened the tournament with a pin and a tech fall before earning a hard-fought 1-0 decision in the title match.

Saturday’s tournament was also the first action for Dolezal since the Dak. He began the day with a 9-0 major decision before three consecutive decisions, including a 16-10 shootout in the semifinals. Dolezal’s 4-0 performance earned him his first tournament title since the 2013-14 season, when he won the 157 title at the Dubuque Open.

Two other Gophers finished as runners-up on Saturday, with Ben Brancale finishing second at 141 pounds and Dylan Urbach taking second at 165. It was the first time in his young collegiate career that Brancale has advanced to the championship bout of a tournament. It was Urbach’s second finals appearance. His first came in last year’s North Country Open.

Five additional Gophers placed at the Husky Open: Gresh Jones at 141, Tim Christianson at 174, Dalton Lunde at 184 and both Luke Destiche and Rylee Streifel at 285.

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St. Cloud State Holiday Inn/Husky Open Results

Gopher Match Results:

125

Steve Polakowski (3-0, 1st Place)
Champ Rnd 1: Bye
Quarters: Steve Polakowski fall (2:22) Cornelious Elliott (St. Cloud State)
Semis: Steve Polakowski tech fall Brandon Briggs (St. Cloud State), 20-3
Finals: Steve Polakowski dec Brett Velasquez (St. Cloud State), 1-0

133

Gresh Jones (2-2, 4th Place)
Quarters: Gresh Jones fall (5:38) Tyler Pasvogel (St. Cloud State)
Semis: Quinten Berres (St. Cloud State) fall (1:24) Gresh Jones
Cons Semis: Gresh Jones fall (0:36) Curt Palodichuk (Rochester Community College)
3rd Place: David Flynn (North Dakota State) dec Gresh Jones, 2-0

141

Ben Brancale (3-1, 2nd Place)
Champ Rnd 1: Ben Brancale dec Daniel Polanco (St. Cloud State), 3-1
Quarters: Ben Brancale fall (2:27) Joe Mosley (St. Cloud State)
Semis: Ben Brancale dec Travis Swanson (St. Cloud State), 7-4
Finals: Tanner Trembley (St. Cloud State) dec Ben Brancale, 6-3

157

Brad Dolezal (4-0, 1st Place)
Champ Rnd 1: Brad Dolezal maj dec Boone Young (Augsburg), 9-0
Quarters: Brad Dolezal dec Coltan Laganiere (Rochester Community College), 2-1
Semis: Brad Dolezal dec Larry Bomstad (St. Cloud State), 16-10
Finals: Brad Dolezal dec Travis Holt (St. Cloud State), 9-7

165

Dylan Urbach (2-1, 2nd Place)
Champ Rnd 1: Bye
Quarters: Dylan Urbach dec Josh Berg (St. Cloud State), 6-2
Semis: Dylan Urbach dec Eric Hensel (Augsburg), 17-11
Finals: Clint Poster (St. Cloud State) dec Dylan Urbach, 9-2

174

Tim Christianson (3-2, 4th Place)
Champ Rnd 1: Tim Christianson dec Austin Rake (St. Cloud State), 13-11
Quarters: Tim Christianson dec Aaron Bates (St. Cloud State), 10-5
Semis: Clayton Jennissen (St. Cloud State) dec Tim Christianson, 7-6
Cons Semis: Tim Christianson dec Austin Rake (St. Cloud State), 10-4
3rd Place: Charley Popp (North Dakota State) dec Tim Christianson, 8-6

Tijani Karaborni (0-2)
Champ Rnd 1: Brady Nelson (St. Cloud State) fall (1:55) Tijani Karaborni
Cons Rnd 1: Todd Fairbanks (Rochester Community College) dec Tijani Karaborni, 7-2

184

Dalton Lunde (3-1, 3rd Place)
Champ Rnd 1: Bye
Quarters: Dalton Lunde fall (5:00) Rob Tait (St. John’s)
Semis: Garret Miller (St. Cloud State) dec Dalton Lunde, 7-4
Cons Semis: Dalton Lunde dec Niko Anderson (Augsburg), 8-3
3rd Place: Dalton Lunde dec Sebastian Larson (Augsburg), 6-4

285

Luke Destiche (5-1, 3rd Place)
Champd Rnd 1: Luke Destiche dec Chase Nottestad (Rochester Community College), 6-1
Quarters: Donald Longendyke (Augsburg) fall (1:50) Luke Destiche
Round of 12: Luke Destiche fall (1:07) L Hernandez
Cons Quarters: Luke Destiche dec Cody Linssen (St. Cloud State), 4-0
Cons Semis: Luke Destich med. for. Nate Rose
3rd Place: Luke Destich RULE Rylee Streifel

Rylee Streifel (2-2, 4th Place)
Champ Rnd 1: Bye
Quarters: Rylee Streifel dec Cody Linssen (St. Cloud State), 8-1
Semis: Donlad Longendyke (Augsburg) dec Rylee Streifel, 5-0
Cons Semis: Rylee Streifel dec Colin Fisher (St. John’s), 6-0
3rd Place: Luke Destiche RULE Rylee Streifel

Nate Rose (2-1)
Champ Rnd 1: Nate Rose fall (0:18) Robert Caudillo (Augsburg)
Quarters: Nate Rose dec Colin Fisher (St. John’s), 6-0
Semis: Austin Goergen (St. Cloud State) maj dec Nate Rose, 14-3
Cons Semis: Luke Destiche med. for. Nate Rose

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Was SmackDown’s Viewership Able To Top RAW With WWE Title Change?

This week’s episode of SmackDown LIVE was able to generate an average of 2.312 million viewers. This is up 11% from last week’s 2.088 million viewers and was the most watched episode since SmackDown 1000 on October 16th. Excluding SmackDown 1000, it was the most watched episode since The SummerSlam Fallout Show on August 21st. This week’s episode of SmackDown LIVE featured Daniel Bryan defeating AJ Styles for The WWE Title. 
SmackDown was #8 in viewership for the night on cable, behind Rachel Maddow Show, Hannity, Curse of Oak Island, Tucker Carlson Tonight, The Five, Last Word, The Ingraham Angle and Special Report. SmackDown was #1 in the 18-49 demographic this week.
The big draw on network TV at 8PM was NCIS on CBS, which drew 12.467 million viewers. The Conners drew 6.941 million viewers on ABC while The Voice drew 8.848 million viewers on NBC and The Gifted on Fox drew 1.889 million viewers, all in The 8PM hour. Although it was closer than most weeks, the audience for RAW, which averaged 2.450 million viewers, still topped SmackDown by 6%.
Below is SmackDown LIVE’s viewership numbers for the rest of 2018:
– January 2nd Episode: 2.720 million viewers
– January 9th Episode: 2.603 million viewers
– January 16th Episode: 2.602 million viewers
– January 23rd Episode: 2.580 million viewers (Royal Rumble Go-Home Episode)
– January 30th Episode: 2.509 million viewers (Royal Rumble Fallout Episode)
– February 6th Episode: 2.505 million viewers
– February 13th Episode: 2.449 million viewers
– February 20th Episode: 2.613 million viewers
– February 27th Episode: 2.692 million viewers
– March 6th Episode: 2.590 million viewers (Fastlane Go-Home Episode)
– March 13th Episode: 2.771 million viewers (Fastlane Fallout Episode)
– March 20th Episode: 2.888 million viewers
– March 27th Episode: 2.576 million viewers
– April 3rd Episode: 2.467 million viewers (WrestleMania 34 Go-Home Episode)
– April 10th Episode: 2.952 million viewers (WrestleMania 34 Fallout Episode)
– April 17th Episode: 2.796 million viewers (Superstar Shakeup Episode)
– April 24th Episode: 2.549 million viewers
– May 1st Episode: 2.436 million viewers (Backlash Go-Home Episode)
– May 8th Episode: 2.293 million viewers (Backlash Fallout Episode)
– May 15th Episode: 2.298 million viewers (Taped Episode From London)
– May 22nd Episode: 2.195 million viewers
– May 29th Episode: 2.195 million viewers
– June 5th Episode: 2.138 million viewers
– June 12th Episode: 2.183 million viewers (MITB Go-Home Episode)
– June 19th Episode: 2.315 million viewers (MITB Fallout Episode)
– June 26th Episode: 2.135 million viewers
– July 3rd Episode: 2.013 million viewers
– July 10th Episode: 2.183 million viewers (Extreme Rules Go-Home Episode)
– July 17th Episode: 2.293 million viewers (Extreme Rules Fallout Episode)
– July 24th Episode: 2.340 million viewers
– July 31st Episode: 2.401 million viewers
– August 7th Episode: 2.197 million viewers
– August 14th Episode: 2.189 million viewers (SummerSlam Go-Home Episode)
– August 21st Episode: 2.437 million viewers (SummerSlam Fallout Episode)
– August 28th Episode: 2.350 million viewers
– September 4th Episode: 2.319 million viewers
– September 11th Episode: 2.229 million viewers (HIAC Go-Home Episode)
– September 18th Episode: 2.281 million viewers (HIAC Fallout Episode)
– September 25th Episode: 2.193 million viewers
– October 2nd Episode: 2.095 million viewers (Super Show-Down Go-Home Episode)
– October 9th Episode: 2.135 million viewers (Super Show-Down Fallout Episode)
– October 16th Episode: 2.545 million viewers (SmackDown 1000 Episode)
– October 23rd Episode: 2.087 million viewers (Evolution Go-Home Episode)
– October 30th Episode: 2.110 million viewers (Evolution Fallout Episode/ Crown Jewel Go-Home Episode)
– November 6th Episode: 2.088 million viewers (Crown Jewel Fallout Episode/ Taped Episode From England)
– November 13th Episode: 2.312 million viewers (Survivor Series Go-Home Episode)
2017 Total: 132.401 million viewers
2017 Average: 2.546 million viewers per episode
Source: ShowBuzz Daily

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