WWE SmackDown tops all sports, AEW Rampage performs well in demo

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WWE SmackDown topped all sports programming on Friday night AEW Rampage drew its largest demo figure since August.

The September 29 episode of SmackDown from Sacramento averaged 2,303,000 viewers and 791,000 (0.60) in the 18-49 demographic. (Data: Wrestlenomics & Sports TV Ratings)

Overall viewership was up by 3% while the 18-49 audience saw a minor drop of 4% from last week.

In the key demo, males fell from 551,00 to 500,000 while females increased from 271,000 to 292,000.

Adults 18-34 saw a 5% increase to 287,000. The female audience in the demo was its largest since August 25 at 117,000.

Adults 35-49 dropped by 8% to 504,000 with a 12% slide with males.

SmackDown ranked ahead of several college games including head-to-head with Louisville vs. North Carolina State on ESPN and Utah vs. Oregon State on FS1.

AEW Rampage scored its largest 18-49 audience since August 11 with a show featuring two title matches and a #1 contenders match in the main event.

The September 29 episode averaged 363,000 viewers and 185,000 (0.14) in the 18-49 demo, according to Wrestlenomics & Sports TV Ratings.

Compared to the two-hour edition of Rampage Grand Slam last week, this week’s viewership was up by 6% and the demo audience increased by 14%.

This week’s Rampage was up by 8% in viewers and 52% in the demo from two weeks ago.

The first hour of Rampage last week averaged 374,000 viewers and 0.13 in the demo, so last week’s show had more viewers in the first hour, but this week topped it in the 18-49 demo.

In the key demo, female viewership saw a jump from 59,000 to 73,000 viewers this week (highest since April 14) while males increased from 104,000 to 111,000.

Adults 18-34 increased from 44,000 to 60,000 this week and 35-49 saw a 5% increase.

The 30-minute Countdown to WrestleDream special aired right after Rampage and averaged 139,000 viewers and 60,000 (0.05) in the 18-49 demo, which would be the least-watched Countdown special that AEW has produced.

Last week’s episode of IMPACT Wrestling on AXS TV averaged 126,000 viewers and 0.03 in the 18-49 demographic. It was their largest audience since August 25 and topped both episodes of IMPACT 1000 from the previous two weeks.

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