AEW Rampage has had a hard time growing an audience in its Friday night timeslot. The demographic the company is looking to capture typically aren’t watching TV at that time. Tony Khan has been happy with the show’s performance given the circumstances, but the NHL and NBA playoffs could be hugely detrimental to viewership in the coming weeks.
Friday night’s episode of Rampage will be moved to a much earlier time slot due to TNT covering game 3 of the first-round Stanley Cup playoff series between the Carolina Hurricanes and Boston Bruins. That game faces off at 7 PM, so Rampage will be moved to 5:30 PM eastern.
Dave Meltzer discussed the change on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio. The Turner networks will both heavily feature NBA and NHL playoff action. Rampage will face an uncertain timeslot until the playoffs are over.
“Rampage next week is 5:30 PM eastern, 2:30 PM Pacific and that could change too, depending on the playoffs, but that was what AEW was told today as far as what the time slot is for this coming Friday’s show.”
Fans on the west coast will likely have to DVR the show, as it airs during the typical work day. On the east coast, the show will start four and a half hours early. Wrestling traditionally sees heavy ratings dips with these sorts of changes.
The NHL and NBA playoffs don’t have a specific schedule that will always be adhered to. Some series will rap up early while others will go the full seven games. From now until the end of the playoffs, fans will have to keep a close eye out for any changes with AEW Rampage.
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