Welcome back to another edition of the weekend wrestling ratings with WWE Smackdown and AEW Rampage.
WWE Smackdown was viewed by 2,151,000 million people and did a .51 in the 18-49 demo which is about 667,000 people. The number is down from a week ago. The demo was also down from a week ago when WWE Smackdown did a .56 in the 19-49 demo. Even with the Olympics on WWE Smackdown was number two in the demo on network TV and cable.
WWE Smackdown, Friday on Fox @ 8-10pm
P18-49: 0.51 (667,000)
AEW Rampage on TNT @ 10-11pm
P18-49: 0.20 (263,000)
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Smackdown was coming off the Royal Rumble as Paul Heyman was reunited with Roman Reigns and the Usos as the special counsel. He told the story about why he turned on Brock Lesnar and was back with Roman Reigns. Felt like a storyline from years past when Heyman turned on Brock to join with the Big Show. However, Goldberg came out and stated that Roman was Next. Those two will fight at the Elimination Chamber in Saudi Arabia.
In addition, Ronda Rousey chose her opponent on Smackdown and it will be Charlotte Flair. Despite there being a built-in storyline with Becky Lynch already. In addition, Big E is back on Smackdown with Kofi as they are tag team partners again. Drew McIntyre went on the warpath. Other than that it was a nothing special Smackdown.
AEW Rampage was viewed by 540,000 people and did a .20 in the 18-49 demo, which is about 263,000 people. These numbers are both down from the previous week. AEW is always affected by news and other events going on in the world. With the Olympics on, people had other things to watch. AEW Rampage still finished seventh in the demo on cable behind the NHL All-Star Game which was first in the demo on cable.
This was a solid Rampage for AEW. Adam Cole opened the show in a squash match against Evil Uno. After he cut a great promo about wanting the AEW Title. Sammy Guevara and Isiah Cassidy battle for the TNT Championship. After the match, Darby Allin came down to save Guevara from a beatdown. Allin and Guevara had a staredown for the title. We saw Mercedes Martinez debut on Rampage against Thunder Rosa. This one is not finished by a long means. In the main event, Ricky Starks defended the FTW Championship against Jay Lethal.