Former WWE Writer Dies, Thanksgiving Weekend SmackDown! Rating

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Comedian and former WWE writer Patrice O’Neal, 41, passed away today after suffering a stroke a few months ago. Chris Jericho wrote the following about O’Neal: “Sad to hear about Patrice O’Neal…I met him when he was a WWE writer and worked w him many times. Sweet guy and very funny! God bless u man”

The November 25th episode of WWE’s SmackDown did a 1.89 cable rating with 2,928,000 viewers on SyFy, which is nearly identical to last week’s number. That has to be considered a positive for the company considering that it aired during Thanksgiving weekend in the United States.