Welcome back to another edition of the Friday Night Wrestling ratings presented by Full Press Wrestling. This week we will break down the ratings for the December 17th editions of WWE Smackdown and AEW Rampage.
WWE Smackdown was viewed by 2,303,000 million people and did a .52 in the 18-49 demo, which is about 682,000 viewers. Smackdown was 4th on the night in the demo through all of the TV. The number is up from a week ago. The demo was also up from a week ago when WWE Smackdown did a .50 in the 19-49 demo. This was the highest total viewership for Smackdown since the September 10th edition. In addition, this was the highest 19-49 for Smackdown since November 26th. WWE Smackdown was number two in the demo for Friday night behind Lakers-Timberwolves.
WWE Smackdown, Friday on Fox @ 8-10pm
P18-49: 682,000 (0.52)
— Brandon Thurston (@BrandonThurston) December 20, 2021
One of the reasons this was such a good show was the fact the continued storyline between Roman Reigns, Paul Heyman, and Brock Lesnar. This week Reigns turned on Heyman as he felt he could no longer trust him. Lesnar came in to make the save. Reigns and Lesnar are scheduled to fight at Day One for the Universal Title. In addition, we got the New Day versus Usos again, but it was a fun match. Other than that it was a typical Smackdown show heading into the holiday.
AEW Rampage was up from the previous week as well. The show is showing a continued rise in viewership before the show goes to Christmas Day. Rampage was viewed by 571,000 people and did a .23 in the 18-49 demo, which is about 306,000 people. AEW Rampage did its best viewership number in a long time for the 10 pm timeslot. The show did its best 18-49 since October 26th. The show was 7th on the night in the demo according to Showbuzzdaily.com
This was a loaded card for a Friday night for Rampage and very entertaining. The show Adam Cole, Young Bucks, and Bobby Fish take on the Best Friends, Orange Cassidy and Rocky Romero in a fun eight-man tag. Tay Conti battled Penelope Ford in a submission match. In the main event a great 10-man tag between Eddie Kingston, Santana and Ortiz, and Lucha Bros taking on The Acclaimed, 2point0 and Daniel Garcia. Plus Dan Lambert returned resulted in a staredown between Sammy Guevara and Cody Rhodes.