The big story in wrestling this week is the Friday night ratings and people in WWE probably did not expect to see AEW Rampage pull out strong numbers against Friday Night SmackDown.
As noted earlier, SmackDown was boosted by the over 50 demo and they won in total viewers but the key demos that advertisers care the most about were primarily won by AEW Rampage.
WrestleVotes noted on Twitter that the numbers from Friday night are a hot topic backstage at Monday Night Raw. WWE hasn’t lost to another wrestling company since WCW in 1998 so this is a huge deal, especially when you consider that Rampage aired in a later timeslot and SmackDown had the benefit of having no commercials in their final half hour and their last half hour was loaded with a pay-per-view level match between Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks in addition to the contract signing segment between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar. Rampage had CM Punk vs. Matt Sydal, followed by a commercial break, and then Ruby Soho vs. The Bunny.
Click here for a breakdown of the ratings from Friday night.
All I’ll say is that the numbers news is a HOT topic right now backstage.
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) October 18, 2021
Brandon Thurston from Wrestlenomics has the quarterly viewership and demo data in the tweet below.
Quarter-hours for WWE Smackdown (FS1) and AEW Rampage (TNT) from Friday.
For the 30 minutes they went head-to-head, Smackdown was ahead in total viewership and P35-49 but Rampage ahead in P18-49 and P18-34.
— Brandon Thurston (@BrandonThurston) October 18, 2021