The big pro wrestling weekend leading up to Labor Day benefited both WWE SmackDown and AEW Rampage. According to the reports, the September 3 show of SmackDown had 2,077,000 viewers leading up to Saturday’s Clash at the Castle event, up four percent from the previous week. The main demographic saw an even modest increase, with an estimate of 639,000 viewers tuning in, amounting a 0.49 P18-49 rating, a 2% increase over the previous week.
Rampage saw a much greater proportion increase leading up to All Out, with 485,000 average viewers, 13% more than the previous week. The episode’s big winner was the key demographic. 209,000 ordinary viewers aged 18-49 tuned in, a 44 percent increase from the previous Friday, for a 0.16 P18-49 rating. According to the ratings, SmackDown was once more the big winner, coming in second for broadcast prime time television in the key demo, only trailing ESPN’s coverage of the US Open tennis tournament, with a dominant 0.92 P18-49 rating with 4.6 million viewers.
Rampage ranked 11th in cable originals and 22nd overall in broadcast primetime. Ricky Starks wrestled QT Marshall in the main event of the go-home Rampage in Chicago. Hangman Adam Page and Dark Order’s Alex Reynolds and John Silver defeated Orange Cassidy and Best Friends Chuck Taylor and Trent Beretta to advance to the AEW Trios Tournament finals. SmackDown featured the in-ring come back of Karrion Kross, who defeated Drew Gulak, and ceased with Drew McIntyre destroying Roman Reigns’ two-year reign as WWE world champion.
WWE has held a few massive SummerSlam events in the past, including the 1992 SummerSlam in England’s Wembley Stadium and last year’s SummerSlam in Las Vegas, Nevada’s newly built Allegiant Stadium. However, despite their importance, those example proves to pale in contrast to the achievement of this year’s event in Nashville, Tennessee.
WWE revealed this morning in a press release sent by new WWE co-CEO Stephanie McMahon that this past weekend’s SummerSlam has been the most watched SummerSlam in the 35 years the promotion has run the summer extravaganza. Though no figures were provided for the number of people who watched the PLE on Peacock, the event was attended by 48,449 people in Nashville’s Nissan Stadium.
WWE also announced in the discharge that they had reached 90 subscribers on one‘s Channel on youtube, as well as 70 billion lifetime video views and over 18 million followers on social media platform TikTok. The publicity also touted their collaboration with Epic Games’ open Fall Guys game and commended fans, Nissan Stadium, the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, as well as other funders for their contributions to SummerSlam’s accomplishment.