SmackDown was back on network television last Friday (Nov. 5), so there’s really no basis for comparing it to Rampage. But we can compare both shows to their past performance. Neither improved, but AEW and WWE were both near the top of their respective ratings leaders.
The blue brand was obviously way up from the week before, but it aired on FS1 on Oct. 29. Compared to its last FOX edition, its latest audience number was down almost 7%, to 2.093 million. SmackDown’s 18 - 49 year old rating was also down from Oct. 22, but the .57 was less than 2% what it did two weeks ago. It was the second highest rated network show in the demo, behind only ABC’s Shark Tank. WWE was first among 18 - 34 year olds.
AEW’s third hour on TNT was also down in both metrics on Nov. 5. Rampage lost almost 4% of it audience from the week before, finishing with 599K viewers. It’s 18 - 49 number also fell; last Friday’s .22 was 12% lower than Oct. 29’s. Even against the NBA and college football, that was still good enough to land the show in the top five cable originals.
Roman Reigns will be in action against King Woods for WWE next Friday, while AEW makes the final push to Full Gear with another live show. Will those numbers tell us anything new? Probably not, but we’ll be here to talk about them anyway.
Source: Showbuzz Daily