Fri., Aug. 13 saw the premiere of AEW’s new TNT show, Rampage. Today (Mon., Aug. 16) brings the first ever ratings and viewership information for industry execs & wrestling fans to dissect and debate.
According to the recently reborn Showbuzz Daily, Rampage was watched by 740,000 people at 10pm ET last Friday. The show did a .31 in the 18 - 49 year old demographic.
Is that good? It’s not bad.
Rampage’s rating was the third best among cable originals on Aug. 13, trailing only two pre-season games on NFL Network. It’s a lot better than what Dynamite did on Fridays at 10pm when the NBA Playoffs bumped it there for a while earlier this summer. It’s also better than what NXT’s been averaging in primetime on Tuesdays, especially in the demo.
Those shows are two hours to Rampage’s one, however. And (this week’s “The First Dance” episode not withstanding), it’s possible Rampage’s numbers will fall when it doesn’t have premiere buzz or a card with three title matches.
We should also consider AEW’s unofficial lead-in on Fridays. Showbuzz’s numbers for WWE SmackDown have that show being watched by an audience of 2,084,000. The blue brand pulled an 18 - 49 rating of .58 from 8 - 10pm ET on FOX. Those are both down from the week before.
Overall, analysis of Rampage’s performance should probably wait until we have more data points. But these early numbers look impressive... and wrestling fans don’t like to wait.