Hello and welcome to another weekly article about the US TV ratings for wrestling shows.
The NFL struck again, All Elite Wrestling celebrated Grand Slam the way it should have and Roman Reigns strikes a blow. A few words on what to remember.
RAW Ratings (19th September) :
Ratings : 1 594 000 (-6,78 %) & 0.45 sur les 18-49 [+0.01]
Ratings per hour :
H1 : [P2+ : 1 709 000] [18-49 : 0.46] [Cable Pos :5]
H2 : [P2+ : 1 623 000] [18-49 : 0.46] [Cable Pos : 6]
H3 : [P2+ : 1 449 000] [18-49 : 0.42] [Cable Pos : 7]
The competition was tough, very tough. Indeed, RAW had to face not one but two NFL games this Monday. The step was too high to raise the audience. Nevertheless, we will note that despite the P2+ drop, the 18-49 demographic gained a small point. Notably thanks to the 3rd hour of the red show (sometimes so decried) which recorded 0.42 this week (against a 0.39 last week).
To give a quick update on the NFL numbers, the first game aired on ABC and recorded an audience of 12,858,000 viewers with a 3.81 in the 18.49. The other game aired on ESPN and did 6,574,000 viewers and a solid 2.14.
In total, "Monday Night Football" will have gathered 19,432,000 viewers and an impressive 5.95 in the 18-49 demographic.
Ratings NXT 2.0 (20th September) :
Ratings : 688 000 (-5,49 %) & 0.15 sur les 18-49 [+/-0.00]
Cable Pos : 7 th.
Despite a stagnant 18-49 demographic, the episode moved from 14th to 7th place on cable this week. Also note that this week, the show was pre-taped. Indeed, following the disclosure of the "new" logo and the loss of the "2.0", some scene changes are to be anticipated, which explains these recordings. A decline that remains relative, the show recorded in this month of September, its best month of the year.
Some non-sporting competitors again this Tuesday with Bachelorette on ABC (3 573 000 & 0.90) and The Voice on NBC (6 191 000 & 0.73).
Ratings AEW Dynamite (21th September) :
Ratings : 1 039 000 (-11,57 %) & 0.35 sur les 18-49 [-0.04]
Cable Pos : 1st.
Peak audience (18-49) → Q8: 1,1880,000 (and about 0.42 on 18-49)
Bryan Danielson vs Jon Moxley ending + post match.
Many thanks to Brandon Thurston for this quarterly data.
The Grand Slam special did not attract more people than the previous week, but it consolidated its first place on cable. One of the reasons for this is the resumption of some TV series and shows on the nationals that have accumulated a lot of audience. This is the case of Survivor on CBS (5 046 000 & 0.79) or Chicaco Med & Chicago Fire on NBC (6 585 000 & 0.70).
Once again, we can however note a few things:
Dynamite is for the 17th time in a row leader or second on cable. A great stability is to be underlined.
Like last week, all the quarters of the show are stable. Even more than that, the show was constantly above the million viewers for the 8 quarters of the show.
Also of note in the 12-34 subcategories, the show did less well in K12-34 (0.25 vs. 0.31 last week) while demographics improved in F12-34 (0.21 vs. 0.18 last week), the best score since July 4th.
Ratings Smackdown (23th September) :
Ratings : 2 535 000 (+14,60 %) & 0.63 sur les 18-49 [+0.13]
Very big score for SmackDown which recorded its best score since the December 25, 2020 episode and passed the 2,500,000 viewers mark with a very solid 0.63 in the 18-49 demographic.
An episode that faced competition from College Football which attracted less than usual on EPSN (1,792,000 and 0.42). A rather usual competition with Shark Tank on ABC which remains second on TV (3 792 000 & 0.48).
We can nevertheless note that Roman Reigns was put forward for this show and the scores show well and truly that it is the biggest draw of the company.
Ratings AEW Rampage (23th September) :
Ratings : 522 000 (+11.06 %) & 0.17 sur les 18-49 [+0.03]
Cable Pos : 4th.
Hour 1 : 558 000 / 18-49 : 0.18 / Cable pos : 4th
Hour 2 : 486 000 / 18-49 : 0.16 / Cable pos : 8th
A special episode because of the Grand Slam show which was held over 2 hours instead of the usual 60 minutes. The fact is that the show got good scores and even reached the 4th place on cable for the 1st hour. Rampage had not finished so high since the episode of July 01, 2022 (3rd on cable). A very good feat considering that the show was also taped.
This can also leave room for another debate on the cards of Rampage. This episode (despite being a special show) shows that with a card that appeals to the fans, the show can get good ratings and intrigue the audience. Despite the slot not being the easiest for many reasons, AEW has the wherewithal to fight back and attract audiences to a second half of the evening shows.
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