AEW Rampage falls on cable against heavy news coverage

AEW Rampage was impacted by the plethora of cable news coverage on Friday night and fell to #46 among cable originals.

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AEW Rampage was impacted by the plethora of cable news coverage on Friday night and fell to #46 among cable originals.

The February 25th taped edition of the show from Connecticut averaged 473,000 viewers and approximately 235,000 (0.18) in the 18-49 demographic, per Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics and Showbuzz Daily.

The cable numbers were dominated by news programming on Friday with coverage of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and greatly impacted Rampage’s placement on the chart. AEW also went against the first 45 minutes of the NBA game between the Lakers and Clippers, which finished #1 on cable with 0.50 in 18-49 and 1,384,000 viewers on ESPN.

The comparisons are with last week’s episode that aired outside of the normal 10 p.m. ET time slot and ran three hours earlier on TNT.

The show dropped ten percent in the 18-49 demographic, representing its second-lowest demo average in the show’s history and only topping an episode from October 8th that went against the Major League Baseball playoffs. Compared to two weeks ago, they only fell by 6.5 percent.

Rampage was hurt by a 31 percent decline in adults 18-34 with sizable drops among both males and females in the demo. If you compare to two weeks ago in the same timeslot, Rampage was down 42 percent this week in the demo.

The 50+ audience did a 0.19 rating, its lowest since New Year’s Eve, and would explain the loss of overall viewers from what Rampage was doing in its regular slot.

Two weeks ago, in its normal slot, Rampage averaged 549,000 and 0.19 in 18-49 and ranked #10 among cable originals.

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