Hello and welcome to another weekly article about the US TV ratings for wrestling shows.
RAW stops the fall against the NFL, AEW struggles after Grand Slam and SmackDown misses Roman Reigns (a bit)... Summer is over, winter programs are coming.
RAW Ratings (26th September) :
Ratings : 1 674 000 (+5,02 %) & 0.45 sur les 18-49 [+/-0.00]
Ratings per hour :
H1 : [P2+ : 1 728 000] [18-49 : 0.45] [Cable Pos :7]
H2 : [P2+ : 1 623 000] [18-49 : 0.47] [Cable Pos : 6]
H3 : [P2+ : 1 449 000] [18-49 : 0.43] [Cable Pos : 9]
As usual, and we'll have to get used to it until the SuperBowl, the NFL is hurting. RAW was able to recover slightly this week without winning back on 18-49. Only one game this Monday (compared to 2 last week). It's not easy and HHH is planning to prepare some surprises to try to give a boost and why not approach the 1,800,000 viewers which could be a good threshold for RAW as long as Football is in front.
Once again, "Monday Night Football" aired on 3 different channels: ABC (10,175,000 & 2.27), ESPN (7,737,000 & 2.72) and ESPN 2 (1,429,000 & 0.56).
In total, "Monday Night Football" will have gathered 19,341,000 viewers and an impressive 5.55 in the 18-49 demographic, only slightly less than last week.
Ratings NXT 2.0 (27th September) :
Ratings : 660 000 (-4,07 %) & 0.16 sur les 18-49 [+0.01]
Cable Pos : 14 th.
NXT seems to have found its rhythm these last few weeks despite some oscillations here and there. All the winter programs are starting again (series, shows, etc..) and NXT doesn't seem to miss the boat for the moment. We'll see if the build up to Halloween Havoc will bring back a few extra viewers.
Some non-sporting competitors again this Tuesday with FBI on CBS (7 098 000 & 0.54), Bachelorette on ABC ( 2 600 000 & 0.65) and The Voice on NBC (6 059 000 & 0.69).
Ratings AEW Dynamite (28th September) :
Ratings : 990 000 (-4,72 %) & 0.34 sur les 18-49 [-0.01]
Cable Pos : 9th.
Peak audience (18-49) → Q1: 1,208,000 (and about 0.43 on 18-49)
JAS segment + Bryan Danielson
Many thanks to Brandon Thurston for this quarterly data.
Dynamite falls back below the million spectators for this post-Grand Slam episode which remains very complex to analyze. Indeed, the show plummets from the 1st to the 9th place for a simple reason: all the TV was focused on the hurricane Ian which devastated a part of Florida. All the cable TV is occupied by the news and weather channels that were covering this natural disaster.
AEW Dynamite was just behind these channels but still recorded a good score considering the context of the day. However, there was a big drop between Q1 and Q8, from 1,208,000 (and 0.43) to 879,000 (and 0.28).
Nevertheless, this effect was a little less felt on the Nationals since 3 programs remained strong: Survivor on CBS (4 573 000 & 0.66), Chicaco Med on NBC (6 641 000 & 0.66) and Masked Singer on FOX (3 894 000 & 0.66).
Ratings Smackdown (30th September) :
Ratings : 2 207 000 (-12,94 %) & 0.54 sur les 18-49 [-0.09]
Back to normal for Smackdown, which remains on a positive trend since the end of the summer. This week, Roman Reigns was not there and this is reflected in the ratings, which immediately fell back. More proof that he is the company's major asset in terms of appeal (even if there are legitimate debates about the booking of his long reign).
Once again, the show was facing College Football on EPSN which was in direct competition with 1,224,000 and 0.36 in 18-49.
The next show will be the Go Home Show on Extreme Rules, so we'll see if the interest in PLE brings back some more views on Smackdown.
Ratings AEW Rampage (30th September) :
Ratings : 472 000 (-9,58 %) & 0.16 sur les 18-49 [-0.01]
Cable Pos : 9th.
As for the other Friday show, it's a return to normal for Rampage following last week's 2-hour episode due to Grand Slam. With an average audience of 475,000 (& 0.15) over the month of September, AEW's second show is perhaps holding a pace that they should try to maintain in the medium term.
As for the show, it faced another College Football game, also on EPSN which finished first on cable with 1,704,000 viewers and a good 0.56 in the 18-49 demographic.
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