The final television numbers are in for Fri., Oct. 15, and everyone wins!
The segment breakdowns will come later, but we have the final numbers for Rampage and SmackDown. They’re such that everyone can declare victory.
As the overnights told us, WWE had more viewers. The official tally ended up with 866,000 people watching SmackDown on FS1 from 8 - 10:30pm ET, and 578,000 watching Rampage on TNT from 10 - 11pm ET.
What the numbers from the weekend didn’t give us an accurate look at were the ratings. The overall 18 - 49 year old demographic was a dead heat at .24. AEW won men in that demo (.34 to .32); WWE was watched by more 18 - 49 year old women (.16 to .14). In the 18 - 34 overalls, Rampage scored a .17, better than the .15 SmackDown pulled.
The shows finished in third and fourth among cable originals on the night, behind only ESPN’s college football coverage.
We’ll let you know after the head-to-head 10pm numbers drop. In the meantime, let the debate continue (relatively civilly and intelligently here, significantly less so on Twitter).
Source: Showbuzz Daily
UPDATE: Courtesy of Wrestlenomics’ Brandon Thurston & Pro Wrestling Torch, we have the quarter hours, which tell the story of the half-hour both shows were on the air. It’s a similarly mixed picture, with SmackDown winning in viewers and the older half of the key demo. Rampage drew better in overall 18 - 49 and overall 18 - 34. Tony Khan is excited.
P18-34 and P35-49 pic.twitter.com/UhsB9sinXB— Brandon Thurston (@BrandonThurston) October 18, 2021
LET’S GO @AEW FANS, WRESTLERS, STAFF! EVERYONE, LFG #AEW!!!! https://t.co/CMAT5F0jCd— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) October 18, 2021