AEW Rampage returns to regular start time, finishes #14 on cable

Originally published at AEW Rampage returns to regular start time, finishes #14 on cable

AEW Rampage returned to its regular start time on Friday for a live edition of the show featuring the news that CM Punk was injured and facing surgery.

The June 3rd edition of the show averaged 475,000 viewers and approximately 183,000 viewers (0.14) in the 18-49 demographic, per Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics and Showbuzz Daily.

WWE Smackdown, Friday on Fox:
1,939,000 viewers
P18-49: 0.47 (613,000)

AEW Rampage, Friday on TNT at 10pm:
475,000 viewers
P18-49: 0.14 (183,000)

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— Brandon Thurston (@BrandonThurston) June 6, 2022

The return to 10 p.m. ET saw its viewership rise 39 percent and its highest average since April 22nd.

However, the 18-49 audience was identical to last week`s number, which had the disadvantage of airing at 6:30 p.m. ET with the live show from Las Vegas.

The show was below pre-playoff levels before it was bounced around with different start times throughout May.

Friday`s show featured CM Punk`s announcement that he had sustained an injury that would require surgery and an interim champion would be crowned at Forbidden Door.

Additionally, the show included The Young Bucks taking on The Lucha Brothers and a TNT title defense by Scorpio Sky against Dante Martin in Ontario, California.

The show finished #14 among cable originals, which was led by the NHL playoffs where the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning averaged 2,324,000 viewers and 0.74 in 18-49 on ESPN and aired against most of Rampage.

Rampage also aired against back-to-back games in the College Softball World Series, which finished #4 and #6 among cable originals on Friday night.