AEW Women Outdraw Samoa Joe Vs. Jeff Hardy On Rampage

Quarter-hour ratings for last week’s AEW Rampage are in, thanks yet again to Wreslenomics, and one major takeaway is the fact that the women’s trios match was able to outdraw the main event, featuring two major stars in singles action. The second quarter, featuring most of Hikaru Shida, Dr. Britt Baker, and Skye Blue vs. Taya Valkyrie, Anna Jay, and The Bunny, brought in 402,000 viewers on average, with 173,000 in the 18-49 demo, outdrawing Samoa Joe and Jeff Hardy later in the show.

The third quarter hour, featuring the end of the trios match as well as the Young Bucks vs. Angelo Parker and Matt Menard, was the show’s high point, drawing 407,000 viewers on average and 188,000 in the demo. That quarter also included the Hook video package, highlighting the young performer’s FTW Championship victory at AEW All In without showing his opponent, Jack Perry. Compared to the third quarter hour, the final quarter saw a drop of 11% of total viewership and 12% of the 18-49 demo.

On average, Friday’s Rampage was viewed by 385,000 people, including 170,000 between the ages of 18 and 49. That’s a 3% increase from the week before in total viewership and an impressive 17% gain in the 18-49 demo. The show’s opening quarter, featuring Penta El Zero Miedo vs. Jay Lethal and the Chris Jericho-Sammy Guevara segment, drew 368,000 viewers on average, with a 0.12 18-49 demo rating.

Over on Fox, Friday night saw WWE SmackDown drop 14% in total viewership, still bringing in a respectable 2,443,000 viewers on average. The 18-49 demo dropped 18% compared to the prior episode, with SmackDown getting a 0.65 rating. SmackDown reportedly outranked all other sports broadcasting on Friday and, based on fast affiliate data, may even have been the highest-viewed show in primetime that evening. Friday’s SmackDown included further developments in the saga involving Jimmy Uso, Roman Reigns, and Solo Sikoa, as well as Bobby Lashley and the Street Profits coming face-to-face with The Judgment Day.