All Elite Wrestling programs have increased viewership with African American and Hispanic viewers, year-over-year, according to data shared with Wrestlenomics. AEW's portion of viewers who are people of color, though, is still well behind that of any of the three major WWE programs or even Impact Wrestling.
Even as popularity wanes, current viewership of Raw and Smackdown is strong enough to justify an increase in U.S. payments for new deals that would begin in October 2024.
WWE Smackdown is preempted to FS1 Friday and will run an extra 30 minutes, head-to-head with the first-half of AEW Rampage.
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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