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WWE SmackDown & AEW Ratings Updated Following Viewership Error

Vince McMahon on WWE SmackDown 2022 ratings

Updated ratings and viewerships have been reported for last week’s editions of WWE SmackDown and AEW Rampage, with the initial numbers having reportedly been “undercounted”.

Last week’s Friday Night SmackDown and AEW Rampage pulled in massively different ratings, with WWE’s blue brand seeing 2,290,000 viewers tune in to witness Vince McMahon’s return to WWE programming amidst the ongoing investigations against him. As for AEW Rampage, this had a viewership of 331,000 for the return from injury of Sting.

Despite these numbers being reported, Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics has stated that Nielsen had “undercounted out-of-home viewing” for both shows’ viewerships. New data was issued, showing a slight increase in ratings. SmackDown’s viewership increased by 4% to 2,389,000, while Rampage’s increased an impressive 11% to 369,000 viewers.

As for the key 18-49 demographic ratings, SmackDown moved up by 7% to a rating of 0.62 (it was previously at 0.57), whereas Rampage’s changed by 17% to 0.12, having previously been at a rating of 0.10.

Last week’s SmackDown was the highest-rated episode of the show, owing to Vince McMahon’s return to WWE. Brandon Thurston reported that this helped make the broadcast the most-watched episode of the blue brand since 2020’s Christmas Day edition, which had a monumental 3.3 million viewers tuning in.

The episode was also the second most-watched SmackDown of 2022 thus far, behind only the WrestleMania SmackDown broadcast on 1 April. This featured the annual Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal, watched by 2,359,000 viewers.

As for Rampage, it is still the least-viewed episode of AEW’s secondary show as far as its normal timeslot is concerned. Its ratings have severely dwindled throughout the year, beginning at 588,000 viewers on 7 January. A couple of 600,000+ viewership aside, things aren’t looking good for AEW’s Friday night entertainment.