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AEW Rampage vs. WWE SmackDown Viewership For Friday’s Show

Last week’s AEW Rampage episode was able to draw a total of 502,000 viewers, while this past Friday’s episode of Rampage was able to draw a total of 578,000 viewers, Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics and Showbuzz Daily reports.

This total is up 15.14% from last week’s episode of Rampage, which drew a rating of 0.24 in the 18-49 key demographic. Last Friday’s rating of 0.24 is up 41.17% from last week’s rating of 0.17 in the key 18-49 demographic. The 0.24 rating in the 18-49 key demo represents around 313,000 total viewers that watched AEW Rampage this past Friday night, which is up 39.11% from last week’s 225,000 total viewers in the 18-49 key demo, with a 0.17 rating.

Last Friday night’s live episode of AEW Rampage from the James L. Knight Center in Miami, FL featured CM Punk vs. Matt Sydal, Ruby Soho vs. The Bunny and The Inner Circle vs. Men Of The Year (Scorpio Sky and Ethan Page) and the debuting Junior dos Santos, which was the main event. AEW Rampage last Friday night also had a one hour “The Buy In” Pre-Show air on YouTube prior to the show with Bryan Danielson vs. Minoru Suzuki, Bobby Fish vs. Lee Moriarty and Tay Conti vs. Santana Garrett.

This past Friday night’s episode of Rampage ranked #4 for the night on the Cable Top 150, with a 0.24 rating in the 18-49 key demo, which is up from last week’s #15 ranking. This past Friday’s episode of Rampage ranked #56 in viewership for the night on cable, which is up from last week’s #74 ranking.

The Supersized edition of WWE SmackDown on FS1 was able to draw a total of 866,000 viewers, while the week prior, which was the season premiere episode on FOX, drew a total of 2.147 million viewers, according to Showbuzz Daily.

This total is down 60% from last week’s episode of WWE Friday Night SmackDown, which drew a rating of 0.24 in the 18-49 key demo. Last Friday night’s rating of 0.24 is down 53.84% from last week’s rating of 0.52 in the key 18-49 demographic. The 0.24 rating in the 18-49 key demo represents around 314,000 total viewers that watched WWE Supersized SmackDown last Friday night, which is down 53.82% from last week’s 680,000 total viewers in the 18-49 key demographic, with a 0.52 rating, but it should be noted that this past Friday’s SmackDown aired on FS1 due to the NFL airing on FOX.

The last SmackDown episode to air on FS1 was the December 18, 2020 TLC go-home show, which drew 1.030 million viewers with a 0.30 rating in the 18-49 key demographic, while the October 23, 2020 Hell In A Cell go-home show, which also aired on FS1, drew a total of 881,000 viewers with a 0.25 rating in the 18-49 key demo.

Last Friday night’s episode of WWE Supersized SmackDown featured the final blue brand build for Crown Jewel, including Finn Balor taking on Sami Zayn in a King Of The Ring Tournament Semi-Finals Matchup, Carmella facing Zelina Vega in a Queen’s Crown Tournament Semi-Finals Match, Sonya Deville and Shayna Baszler going up against Naomi in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match, SmackDown Women’s Champion “The Man” Becky Lynch going up against Sasha Banks in a Non-Title Match, SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso) defending their SmackDown Tag Team Titles against The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford) in a Street Fight and Brock Lesnar taking part in a WWE Universal Championship Match contract signing for his match against Roman Reigns at Crown Jewel, which ended up being the featured segment.

This past Friday night’s episode of WWE Supersized SmackDown ranked #3 for the night on the Cable Top 150 with a rating of 0.24 in the 18-49 key demographic and SmackDown ranked #32 in viewership for the night on cable.

In a comparison, WWE SmackDown and AEW Rampage tied with a 0.24 rating in the 18-49 key demo, but WWE SmackDown drew 866,000 viewers, which is up 49.83% from the 578,000 that Rampage drew. SmackDown then drew 314,000 total viewers in the 18-49 key demo, while Rampage drew 313,000 total viewers. SmackDown took place from 8PM – 10:30PM ET, with the last 30 minutes airing commercial-free, while Rampage took place from 10PM – 11PM ET, with the first match airing commercial-free and a one-hour Buy-In Pre-Show airing prior to Rampage.

It should also be noted that the full total viewership for WWE Supersized SmackDown last Friday night was 955,000 as Wrestling Inc. mentioned that WWE SmackDown drew another 89,000 viewers on MyNetworkTV in Chicago and New York City, which makes the total viewership in the key 18-49 demo for SmackDown on Friday night at 331,000 viewers as MyNetworkTV in Chicago and New York added 17,000 more viewers.

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