The taped edition of AEW Rampage on Friday garnered an average of 298,000 viewers on TNT, marking a 19.67% drop from the previous week's 371,000 viewers, according to Nielsen via Showbuzz Daily. The 18-49 critical demographic rating for Friday's Rampage was 0.09, representing 117,000 viewers in this age group.
This is a 25% decline from the previous week's 0.12 rating, which had 157,000 viewers in the key demo, as reported by Wrestlenomics. The show's ranking on the Cable Top 150 fell to #32 from the previous week's #26, while its viewership ranking on cable dropped to #87 from #82.
NHL Playoffs Impact Rampage
This week's Rampage aired at 6:30 pm due to the NHL Playoffs, leading to the year's second-lowest total audience and critical demo rating. Both figures were well below the 2022 averages, with viewership down 19.67% and the key demo rating down 25% from the previous week's episode.
Comparing this week's Rampage to the same week in 2022, viewership plunged 25.77%, and the key demo rating dipped 35.71%. The 2022 episode was a taped show in the regular timeslot. The NBA Playoffs game between the Grizzlies and the Lakers topped the Cable Top 150 with a 1.74 key demo rating and 4.639 million viewers.
Meanwhile, the Kings vs. Warriors game led the day on cable in viewership, drawing 4.977 million viewers and a 1.59 key demo rating. On network TV, CBS's Blue Bloods attracted the highest viewership, with 3.491 million viewers and a 0.22 key demo rating.
WWE SmackDown on FOX secured the top spot in the 18-49 key demographic with a 0.67 rating and 2.473 million viewers. Friday's AEW Rampage, taped earlier in the week at the FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Florida, featured a promo by The Outcasts, tag team matches including Jay White and Juice Robinson vs.
Shawn Spears and Ricky Starks, Dustin Rhodes and Keith Lee vs. Freddie Pierce and Cha-Cha Charlie, and Anna Jay vs. Ashley D'Amboise. The show also included a six-man tag match involving The Acclaimed and Billy Gunn vs. Ryzin, Cameron Stewart, and Dante Casanova, as well as the main event, Jay Lethal vs. AEW World Tag Team Champion Cash Wheeler, with Mark Briscoe as the special ringside enforcer.