WWE Vs. AEW Ratings: SmackDown Over 1 Million On FS1, Rampage Up 17%

WWE and AEW saw big increases for SmackDown on FS1 and Rampage, respectively.

SmackDown on FS1 drew a total viewership of 1,032,000 per Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics. While this number is down 54% from last week’s Fox broadcast, it is up 19% from its previous airing on FS1 on October 15, 2021. SmackDown on FS1 drew a 0.29 rating in the 18-49 demographic, up 20% from the October 15 FS1 broadcast.

Rampage garnered 623,000 viewers, up 17% from last week. Rampage hauled in a .25 rating in 18-49, up 14% from last week. SmackDown ranked No. 3 in the Cable Top 150, while Rampage came in at No. 4 in the category.

SmackDown was preempted to FS1 due to the World Series, which set the stage for a much closer Friday Night War with SmackDown airing on a much smaller network. The preemption also gave way to yet another counterprogramming effort by WWE as FS1 aired a replay of SmackDown to go head-to-head with Rampage.

SmackDown was without top stars Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar, and little was advertised in advance. Rampage featured the continuation of the AEW World Title Eliminator with a very good match between Bryan Danielson and Eddie Kingston. Rampage’s main event pitted Abadon against AEW women’s world champion Britt Baker in a Trick or Treat No Disqualification Match.

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WWE SmackDown on FS1 vs. AEW Rampage | October 29, 2021

  • WWE SmackDown Total Viewership—1,032,000
  • WWE SmackDown 18-49 Viewership—373,000 (0.29 rating)
  • AEW Rampage Total Viewership—623,000
  • AEW Rampage 18-49 Viewership—320,000 (0.25 rating)

Last time WWE countered AEW Rampage by going head-to-head on FS1, SmackDown won the total viewership battle while Rampage was in lockstep the FS1 show in the 18-49 demographic. In fact, the two shows were nearly identical in the 18-49 demo overall, with SmackDown garnering 314,000 18-49 viewers to Rampage’s 313,000. In the 30 minutes a commercial-free SmackDown went head-to-head with AEW Rampage, Rampage toppled SmackDown on FS1 328,000 to 285,000.

Further analysis revealed SmackDown and Rampage did not have a significant impact in stealing viewers either way. Per Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, SmackDown cost Rampage 5.1% in overall viewership and 7.7% in 18-49, while AEW had no effect on total viewership for WWE while costing them 3.5% in the 18-49 demo.

SmackDown returns to Fox next week, and with the World Series set to conclude before then, sports competition for both SmackDown and Rampage will lighten up moving forward.

The Tycoon Herald