The fast national viewership figures for the October 15 episodes of WWE SmackDown on FS1, and AEW Rampage on TNT, have been revealed.
As per Andrew Zarian of The Mat Men podcast noted that Friday’s SmackDown was 793,000 viewers. Rampage drew 549,000 viewers, according to these fast national results.
Zarian shared these figures on Twitter:
Fast National for last night
Smackdown on FS1 793k 8pm start
Rampage on TNT 549k 10pm start
— Andrew Zarian (@AndrewZarian) October 16, 2021
It is worth keeping in mind that these fast national figures, similar to overnight viewership numbers, are not final, and it is possible that the final ratings will be higher than these numbers.
According to the fast nationals, SmackDown experienced quite a drop in viewership compared to the October 8 episode, however this was to be expected as this week’s show aired on FS1 instead of FOX. Rampage saw an increase in viewership from last week’s show, as per these numbers.
Ahead of this week’s ‘supersized’ SmackDown, which went directly up against Rampage for 30 minutes, AEW President Tony Khan had taken to social media to state that he couldn’t wait for AEW to beat WWE in direct ratings.
Since then, Khan has argued that competition benefits wrestling as a whole, and that he wants there to be ‘competitive spirit’ between AEW and WWE.