AEW Rampage finishes #7 on cable for first show of 2022

The first edition of AEW Rampage for the year finished seventh among cable originals after running on New Year’s Eve the week prior.

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The first edition of AEW Rampage for the year finished seventh among cable originals after running on New Year’s Eve the week prior.

The January 7th taped show from Newark averaged 588,000 viewers with approximately 308,000 (0.24) in the 18-49 demographic, according to Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics and Showbuzz Daily.

The comparisons to last week’s episode are misleading because Rampage aired on New Year’s Eve, which meant the bounce-back this week was going to be huge in most areas. However, the 18-34 audience was actually down 12.5 percent this week with males in that demo dropping from 59,000 to 49,000 and females from 39,000 to 35,000, per Brandon Thurston.

All the other key demos were up with the 18-49 audience up 25 percent from New Year’s Eve and females in that demo increasing 41 percent.

If you throw out the Christmas Night and New Year’s Eve episodes, the last Rampage under normal conditions was on December 17th with 571,000 viewers and 306,000 (0.23) in 18-49. The three-week average before the Christmas edition was 524,000 viewers and 261,000 in 18-49.

Rampage was against the late NBA game on ESPN, which topped cable on Friday with 0.71 in 18-49 and 1,772,000 viewers.

The show was highlighted by a No DQ, No Rules & No Holds Barred match with Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz against Daniel Garcia & 2point0.

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