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WWE SmackDown And AEW Rampage Viewership Skew In Different Directions

This past Friday was the story of two shows for “AEW Rampage” and “WWE Friday Night SmackDown” as their ratings on wrestling shows were going in different directions. Wrestlenomics released viewership for each episode of 6/10 and it was “Rampage” that saw an increase while “SmackDown” saw a decrease.

“AEW Rampage” and “WWE Friday Night SmackDown”

“Rampage” had an average viewership of 476,000 and a leading demo score of 209,000, giving a 0.16 rating to the P18-49 demographic. This is the highest of “Stampede” demo numbers and total viewership since April 22. The average viewership saw a slight jump with 1,000 more viewings.

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Only a 1% drop in total viewership

On the other hand, “SmackDown” saw only a 1% drop in overall viewership after achieving an average viewership of 1,914,000. The major demographic number was 574,000 (0.44, P18–49 rating). This is down 6% from last week’s number of 613,000. All this considered, “SmackDown” ranked #4 in the demographic, and “Rampage” was only two places behind at #6 overall.

NBA Finals Between Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors

Both shows clashed with the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors, which was ranked #1 with 12.1 million viewers and a 3.61 rating in major demos. The numbers were better for “SmackDown” last year because The 6/11/2021 episode had an average viewership of 1,944,000, with the latest schedule seeing a drop of 34,000. The key demo was also above 49,000 at this point last year.

Gunther won the Intercontinental title against Ricochet

This week’s “Rampage” began the show with Eddie Kingston featuring Jake Hager and FTR & Trent Beretta fighting the main event Will Osprey and his Australian Open compatriots. The program marked another debut in Satnam Singh, who teamed up with Jay Lethal against Davy Vega and Matt Fitchett. “SmackDown” featured Ronda Rousey making quick work of Schottzy, Gunther winning the Intercontinental title against Ricochet, And the main event of Riddle defeating Sami Zayn to get the title shot at Roman Reigns next week.

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