Over the previous two hours, Fox’s ”WWE SmackDown“ drew 2.1 million viewers
AEW’s (All Elite Wrestling) “Rampage” scored 740,000 total viewers on TNT with its 10 o’clock Friday debut. Its 396,000 viewers ages 18-49 made it the No. 3 cable show in the demo that evening.
Over the previous two hours, WWE’s “SmackDown” on Fox drew 2.1 million total viewers, or nearly three times as many. Of course, that’s a much more established show from a much more mainstream professional wrestling company. Plus, airing from 8 to 10 p.m. on free over-the-air broadcast television is a far superior scheduling option than 10 p.m. on cable.
“Our goal was to come out of the gate strong and establish Fridays at 10 p.m. ET on TNT as the place to catch the hottest commodities in professional wrestling,” said Tony Khan, CEO, GM and Head of Creative of AEW. “Coming off our red-hot debut episode of ‘AEW: Rampage’ last Friday that featured Dr. Britt Baker retaining her AEW Women’s World Championship against Red Velvet in the main event match, we’re all excited for The First Dance this Friday night at the sold-out United Center in Chicago. It will be a special episode of ‘AEW: Rampage’ that will be enshrined in wrestling history as a night that fans will remember for a very long time.”
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