TV ratings: WWE Smackdown and AEW Rampage, June 2

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Quarter-hours for this episode of Smackdown will be posted soon. We plan on having a news update tomorrow covering some new live event data and analysis of whether WBD could bid on WWE as well as AEW. —————- WWE Smackdown, Friday on Fox at 8 pm, was watched by 2,563,000 viewers on average, including about 955,000 aged 18 to 49, for a 0.73 P18-49 rating. AEW Rampage on TNT at 10 pm, was watched by 357,000 viewers on average, including about 150,000 aged 18 to 49, for a 0.11 P18-49 rating. Smackdown ranked #1 on television overall on the day in P18-49. Rampage ranked #12 in P18-49 among cable originals for the day, according to Showbuzz Daily. Including broadcast primetime, it ranked #26. This was Smackdown’s highest total viewership since the December 30 episode with John Cena.  This was the highest P18-49 viewership since December 25, 2020. Ruling out that Christmas Day episode that had an NFL game as a lead-in, this is the highest P18-49 audience for Smackdown since March 20, 2020, which was the first show during the pandemic without fans. In P18-49, Smackdown had more than double the audience of any other show in primetime. Compared to last week, Smackdown was up 19% in total viewership. Among viewers 18-49, viewership was up 41%. In P18-49, viewership was up 61%. Compared to last week, Rampage was down 18% in total viewership. Among viewers 18-49, viewership was up 3%. Viewer counts in thousands, calculated from national ratings, for this week’s episode with difference versus the median of the last 28 days in parentheses: Smackdown: P2+: 2563 (+20%) P18-49: 955 (+39%) M18-49: 597 (+38%) F18-49: 358 (+37%) P18-34: 349 (+53%) M18-34: 230 (+60%) F18-34: 119 (+43%) P35-49: 606 (+32%) M35-49: 367 (+24%) F35-49: 239 (+38%) Non-P18-49: +12% Rampage: P2+: 357 (+22%) P18-49: 150 (+27%) M18-49: 102 (+32%) F18-49: 48 (+33%) P18-34: 41 (+19%) M18-34: 34 (+100%) F18-34: 6 (-65%) P35-49: 110 (+32%) M35-49: 68 (+12%) F35-49: 42 (+105%) F12-34: 9 (-45%) M12-34: 38 (+100%) P25-54: 183 (+25%) P50+: 199 (+13%) Most-viewed YouTube videos from Smackdown, as of 4pm today: Roman Reigns deals with The Bloodline dissension: 2,154,569 Triple H presents Reigns a new Undisputed WWE Universal Title: 1,808,929 Sikoa sides with Reigns and delivers a Samoan Spike to Jimmy Uso: 1,128,232 Several female Superstars make their claim for Money in the Bank: 412,462 Reigns reaches 1,000 days as Undisputed WWE Universal Champion: 326,284 Belair brawls with Asuka during “The Grayson Waller Effect”: 299,108 Montez Ford vs. LA Knight — Money in the Bank Qualifying Match: 278,921 Zelina Vega vs. Lacey Evans — Money in the Bank Qualifying Match: 244,068 The Brawling Brutes battle Austin Theory & Pretty Deadly: 168,718 The O.C. vs. Hit Row: 160,811 Most-viewed YouTube videos from Rampage, as of 4pm today: AAA Mega Champion Vikingo, Komander & Dralistico battle in a 3-way spectacle!: 170,869 Shibata defends ROH Pure Title in technical showcase against Lee Moriarty: 85,595 NJPW World TV Champion Zack Sabre Jr collides with young star Action Andretti: 77,532 Willow Nightingale defends NJPW Strong Women’s title against Emi Sakura!: 71,724 Exclusive: Dralistico, Komander & El Hijo Del Vikingo Entrances: 23,287 This ratings report was written with the assistance of automated programs created by me, then manually edited. Subscribers have exclusive access to the Wrestlenomics Viewership Spreadsheet. Brandon Thurston

Brandon Thurston has written about wrestling business since 2015. He’s also worked as an independent wrestler and trainer.

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