The final television numbers are in for Fri., Oct. 8.
SmackDown was down following the draft, but stayed above two million viewers and finished in a first place tie (with ABC’s Shark Tank) among network shows with 18 - 49 year olds. Audience numbers were 4.66% below the Oct. 1 episode at 2.252 million. WWE scored a .52 rating in the key demo, an almost 15% drop from the week prior. The blue brand did win the night for FOX with 18 - 34 year olds, scoring a .33 to beat Shark Tank.
Rampage‘s numbers also fell, as we continue to learn what the floor is for a show in a timeslot like Friday at 10pm ET. The eye popping number was the .17 among 18 - 49 year olds, which was 32% less than Oct. 1’s number. Viewership was off slightly more than 19% to a series low 502K.
Competition was an issue for AEW in a way it isn’t often on Friday nights. The top rated show on cable this past week was the LA Dodgers/San Francisco Giants baseball playoff game airing on TBS, which didn’t start until 9pm ET. Still Rampage finished 15th among cable originals, and was TNT’s only ranked show on the night.
What does it all mean? Heck if I know! Feel free to discuss and debate below as we get ready for next Friday’s 30 minute war, though.
Source: Showbuzz Daily
A previous version of this post incorrectly compared Rampage’s latest 18 - 49 demo number to Oct. 1’s 18 - 34 year old rating.