AEW Collision fell to its lowest-ever rating as it went head-to-head against WWE SmackDown on Friday night.
Full Gear took place on Saturday, November 18 live on pay-per-view which pushed Collision from its usual slot on that night to one on Friday night where it aired before Rampage. That put Collision head-to-head with WWE SmackDown and things did not end well for AEW as a result.
Wrestlenomics reported that WWE SmackDown achieved a total viewership of 2.206 million and a 0.62 rating in the 18-49 demo. In contrast, Collision was only able to gain a total viewership of 270,000 and a 0.08 rating in the 18-49 demo.
Rampage – which aired after SmackDown – saw an increase to 280,000 viewers and a slightly increased rating of 0.09 in the 18-49 demo.
WWE Smackdown, Friday on Fox 8-10pm:
P18-49 rating: 0.62
AEW Collision, on TNT 8-10pm:
P18-49 rating: 0.08
AEW Rampage, on TNT 10-11pm:
P18-49 rating: 0.09
AEW Countdown, on TNT 11-11:30pm:
P18-49 rating: 0.04 pic.twitter.com/Ccphn9EL25
— Wrestlenomics (@wrestlenomics) November 20, 2023
AEW Collision Can’t Compete With WWE SmackDown
The last time AEW and WWE went head-to-head was on the 10th of October as Dynamite aired against NXT. Both companies loaded their shows for that night with WWE drafting in John Cena, Paul Heyman, and even The Undertaker to appear on NXT. In the end, NXT defeated AEW’s flagship show in the ratings.
On this occasion, both shows went about their business in the usual fashion with any of AEW’s shows unlikely to make a dent in SmackDown’s ratings. SmackDown was headlined by Becky Lynch revealed as the final member of the women’s WarGames match against Damage CTRL.
Collision, on the other hand, saw the now former AEW Women’s and TBS Champions team up as Hikaru Shida and Kris Statlander combined to defeat Saraya and Ruby Soho.