Welcome back to another edition of the weekend wrestling ratings with WWE Smackdown and AEW Rampage. Both shows were back to their normal times with Smackdown being live once again on FOX. Let’s see how both shows did.
WWE Smackdown was viewed by 2,114,000 million people and did a .57 in the 18-49 demo. The number is down slightly from a week ago. But barely. The demo was up this week from a .56 to a .57. This was Smackdown’s highest 18-49 demo since January, but its lowest demo since December 24th. Even with the news of the world happening Smackdown finished number one on Network TV in the demo.
WWE Smackdown last week Friday on Fox:
AEW Rampage last week Friday on TNT:
Rampage’s lowest P2+ since Dec 31.
Smackdown’s highest P18-49 since Jan, but lowest P2+ since Dec 24.
— Brandon Thurston (@BrandonThurston) February 28, 2022
Smackdown came off Elimination Chamber as WWE promoted Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns for Wrestlemania Night 2. Lesnar versus Reigns is a title unification match between the WWE Champion and WWE Universal Champion. Though Paul Heyman claims Lesnar will not be champion come Wrestlemania. This was a very good main event segment. Babyface Cowboy Brock Lesnar is getting over. It is a collision of the two biggest stars currently on the roster.
In addition, the feud between Ronda Rousey and Charolette Flair raged on. Sony Deville continues to be a thorn in Rousey’s side. It was announced Ricochet will get an Intercontinental Championship match next week against Sami Zayn. Zayn met another antagonist as Johnny Knoxville returned to TV. It appears those two are heading for a match as well. Plus Pat McAfee announced that Vince McMahon will be on his show setting up an angle. Outside of that, it was a normal episode of Smackdown.
AEW Rampage was viewed by 473,00 people and did a .18 in the 18-49 demo. The viewership was up from a week ago. Though this was the second-lowest 18-49 demo since December 31st. As mentioned previously mentioned AEW continues to get affected by the news of the world. Plus the continuation of the fall series was back on after the Olympics. However, outside the NBA which tops the charts on cable, the news dominated. The .18 in the 18-49 was good for 46th on cable which is the worst in Rampage history according to Showbuzzdaily.com.
Rampage again was a solid show. We had the contract signing between Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D and Thunder Rosa for the AEW Women’s World Title at Revolution. In addition, we got Sammy Guevara and Andrade El Idolo for the TNT Championship in what was an excellent opening match. Serena Deeb continued to dominate opponents while Orange Cassidy took on Anthony Bowens in the face of the Revolution qualifying match.
Oh yeah, Kayla Sparks pulled a Rick Rude appearing on Smackdown during Los Lotharios match and was the opponent for Deeb in her five-minute challenge.