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Rampage & SmackDown both draw best ratings in months

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The ratings are in for Jan. 21, and Friday night’s pro wrestling shows both drew some of the their best numbers in months.

Royal Rumble hype helped SmackDown to a final audience figure was 2.255 million. That was a slightly more than 3.5% improvement from Jan. 14. The really good news for FOX and WWE was with 18-49 year olds. The .64 rating in the key demo for Seth Rollins, Eric Bischoff, Jeff Jarrett, et al was a more than 14% week-to-week increase, and the blue show’s best performance since Sept. 10, 2021.

A rare live broadcast — and, of course, HOOK — served AEW well over on cable. Rampage’s 594K viewers was a nearly 13% improvement from the previous Friday’s taped episode. Mox & Jade Cargill delivered a demo rating of .24 that was up 20% over last week, and the show’s best since Oct. 29.

Rampage will be pre-taped, and HOOK-free, this week with a “Beach Break” edition. SmackDown will feature WWE’s final push to the Rumble.

We’ll see how that changes things.

Numbers courtesy WrestlenomicsBrandon Thurston