Dave Meltzer: AEW Rampage Viewership Was ‘A Disaster’ & ‘Mindblowingly Bad’

2 months ago by Andy Datson

Dave Meltzer: AEW Rampage Viewership Was ‘A Disaster’ & ‘Mindblowingly Bad’ AEW

Last week’s episode of AEW Rampage averaged just 331,000 viewers, and in case you aren’t across viewerships, that’s not very good.

Not only is this is second lowest viewership in the history of the show, but it is by far the lowest since Rampage was moved to its regular time-slot.

It was the 22nd most viewed show on Friday night in the key 18-49 demographic, scoring just 0.10. This is the lowest Rampage has scored in the 18-49 demographic, with its previous lowest score being 0.11 on May 6, 2022.

One of the most concerning statistics is that Rampage was down 66.7% in the 12-34 male demographic, and Dave Meltzer has spoken about just how bad these ratings are on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio. He said:

“The ratings are a giant story because of the Rampage number. I cannot even fathom…

“They got beat in 18-49 by the PFL, essentially tied, but got beat by the PFL, which is the number three MMA group.

“The number for Rampage was horrible, and now we have to start thinking about, okay, what is going on here? It’s mind-blowingly bad.

“This week’s Dynamite number is very important. If it’s another low number, it looks like we have a pattern in some form.

“The number…it’s a disaster, so now the question is why.

“There were so many young people watching wrestling that night (because of SmackDown), and they did not watch AEW.”

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To put this viewership into context, Rampage was viewed by 740,000 people for its debut episode on August 13, 2021, with 1.129 million people tuning in the following week for CM Punk’s return.

That means since the debut episode 10 months ago, AEW Rampage’s average viewership has dropped by around 66%, which is quite alarming. We’ll have to see what Tony Khan can do to try and turn these numbers around.

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