It’s Monday and you know what that means. Time for another edition of the Friday Night wrestling ratings for network television and cable looking at the numbers for Smackdown and AEW Rampage. Let’s begin, shall we!
WWE Draft Increases Smackdown Number
Fox has to be happy with the way Smackdown has been trending as they were once again number one on network TV. This week’s episode of Smackdown was viewed by 2.252 million people. In addition, the show did a .62 in the 18-49 demo which is about 809,000 people. Both increase from the previous week.
WWE Smackdown last week Friday on Fox was watched by 2,252,000 viewers. 809,000 were aged 18 to 49 (0.62 rating).
AEW Rampage on TNT was watched by 622,000 viewers, including 330,000 in 18 to 49 (0.25 rating).
— Brandon Thurston (@BrandonThurston) October 4, 2021
Smackdown mostly focused on the WWE Draft, but it also saw Brock Lesnar return to the program as he confronted Roman Reigns and the Bloodline. We saw a Wrestlemania 37 rematch between Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks. Superstars that were drafted by Smackdown appeared on the show including Charlotte Flair, who is the current Raw Women’s Champion. Smackdown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch would have none of this confronting her counterpart. Plus the show had a great Seth Rollins promo. In addition, Smackdown was building towards Crown Jewel. Plus we got insights into the Queen’s Crown and King of The Ring tournaments.
AEW Rampage Sees Lowest Viewership
AEW Rampage on Friday night was viewed by 622,000 people. That is the lowest in the eight episodes of the show. The program also did a .25 in the 18-49 demo which is about 330,000 people. AEW Rampage was third on the night on cable behind College Football and Gold Rush according to Showbuzzdaily.com. It was a solid Rampage card highlighted by Bryan Danielson vs Nick Jackson and the Hair vs Hair match with Orange Cassidy and Jack Evans of the Hardy Family Office.
Again we say it every week. While Tony Kahn is trying to make this an A-level type show, it will always be the B show especially at 10 pm on a Friday night. That is just a tough time slot.