According to Showbuzz Daily, 1.953 million viewers watched the show on Friday, and SmackDown drew a 0.38 rating (490,000 viewers) in the 18 to 49 demographic.
The total viewership is up from last week, when 1.952 million viewers watched the show. But the demographic rating is down, as the April 21 episode scored a 0.47 rating in the same demographic.
Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics notes that SmackDown drew its lowest-ever 18-to-49 rating in its normal time slot, likely due to stiff competition from the NBA Playoffs and the NFL Draft. Thurston also wrote that SmackDown ranked #9 among broadcast primetime and cable originals on Friday, according to Showbuzz Daily.
This week’s episode featured a Steel Cage Match between Sami Zayn and Drew McIntyre. Plus, Ricochet defended the WWE Intercontinental Championship against Shanky. In the main event, Charlotte Flair took on Ronda Rousey in an “I Quit” Beat The Clock Challenge.
As fot AEW Rampage, viewership decreased according to Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics.
The show drew 464,000 viewers tuned in on Friday night, awith a 0.14 rating in the 18-to-49 demographic. These numbers are down from last week, when 518,000 viewers tuned in, and Rampage drew a 0.19 rating in the same demographic.
Thurston noted that the demographic rating on April 29 was a new low for Rampage in its typical time slot, likely due to competition from the NBA Playoffs and the NFL Draft. Rampage ranked #32 in the demo overall on Friday and #24 among cable originals, according to Showbuzz Daily.
This week’s episode featured an Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament qualifying match between Darby Allin and Swerve Strickland. Plus, Samoa Joe defended the ROH World Television Championship against Trent Beretta. Elsewhere on the show, Keith Lee competed, and Jade Cargill in action in a trios match.
Viewership Numbers For 4/29 WWE SmackDown And AEW Rampage