The big weekend of pro wrestling leading up to Labor Day proved beneficial for both “WWE SmackDown” and “AEW Rampage.” Wrestlenomics shared last Friday’s viewership data and the September 3 episode of “SmackDown” drew 2,077,000 viewers ahead of Saturday’s Clash at the Castle event, up 4% from the week. former.
The key demographic saw even a marginal increase as the 18-49 audience tuned in with an average of 639,000 viewers, totaling a P18-49 rating of 0.49, a 2% increase from the week former.
“Rampage” saw a much higher percentage increase heading to All Out, as the program averaged 485,000 viewers, 13% more than last week. The key demographic was the big winner of the episode. 209,000 average viewers aged 18-49 tuned in, a 44% increase from the previous Friday, giving it a 0.16 P18-49 rating.
Looking at the rankings, “SmackDown” was again the big winner as it came in second for prime time viewing in the key demographic, only behind coverage of the US Open tennis tournament on ESPN. which had a dominant 0.92 P18-49 rating with 4.6 million viewers. “Rampage” came in at 11th in cable originals and 22nd overall in prime time.
The Homecoming “Rampage” was live in Chicago as Ricky Starks wrestled in the main event against QT Marshall. The AEW Trios Tournament Finals were also determined as “Hangman” Adam Page and Alex Reynolds and Dark Order’s John Silver defeated Orange Cassidy and Best Friends (Chuck Taylor and Trent Beretta) to advance to All Out. “SmackDown” featured Karrion Kross’ in-ring return as he defeated Drew Gulak and ended with Drew McIntyre ruining Roman Reigns’ two-year celebration as WWE World Champion.