WWE Smackdown is preempted to FS1 Friday and will run an extra 30 minutes, head-to-head with the first-half of AEW Rampage.
As the MLW “Fightland” special airs tonight on VICE at 10 pm, the promotion will likely be seen by its biggest TV audience ever. In 2020, MLW Fusion on beIN Sports averaged about 10,500 viewers for its first-run telecasts, up 38% from 7,600 in 2019, according to Nielsen data.
Brandon Thurston and Chris Gullo discussed AEW running at the United Center on August 20. The event sold out quickly on Monday.
Ratings for WWE Raw have declined below the rate of many sports telecasts and other cable originals
WWE investors and others expect long-term improvements to ratings for Raw and Smackdown that might fall short.
Expect viewership data for wrestling programs to continue to be reported from various sources