It’s Thursday (now Friday) and you know what that means… ratings for Wednesday night AEW Dynamite are out. This week AEW Dynamite was highlighted by the AEW World Title Unification match between Jon Moxley and CM Punk. Along with the Trios Tournament. Let’s see how this week’s show did.
AEW Dynamite Back Over A Million
This week’s edition of AEW Dynamite featured CM Punk returning to action against Jon Moxley to unify the AEW World Titles. In addition, there was a stacked card.
With that being said, this week’s edition of AEW Dynamite was live in Cleveland, OH and the crowd was electric. The show was jam-packed with non-stop action. It was a very clean show too. The August 24th edition of AEW Dynamite week’s show was viewed by 1,049,000 million people and did a .34 in the 18-49 demo.
— Brandon Thurston (@BrandonThurston) August 25, 2022
This was the highest P18-49 viewership number since July 6. This is the highest total viewership number since February 9th. After being knocked out of the top spot last week, AEW Dynamite was number one on cable according to Showbuzzdaily.com. Both numbers were up from the previous week as the company heads into ALL OUT next weekend.
Looking at the viewership numbers the best quarter hour was the top of hour two which was the Moxley-Punk Unification match. During the top of the second hour, 9 pm ET on the East Coast, the match averaged 1.198 million viewers. The show’s viewership was strong throughout the entire show. Though viewership dipped in the main event it was a good main event.
Quarter-hours for AEW Dynamite last night on TBS
— Brandon Thurston (@BrandonThurston) August 26, 2022
The show opened with Daniel Garcia and Chris Jericho face-to-face in regards to what happened last week between Garcia and Danielson. This was a great segment, you could see on the face of Garcia how much he is torn between his mentor in Jericho and his hero in Danielson. Garcia was not happy that Jericho took his moment away last week with Danielson. Garcia walked off and Danielson and Jericho set up their match at ALL OUT.
The night’s first match saw Jay Lethal take on Dax Harwood of FTR. This was an excellent opening match. Though some spots missed at times, Harwood is like Bret Hart, he is a technician in the ring. After Lethal won, Sonjay Dutt revealed that Jay Lethal’s partners at the PPV would be the Motor City Machine Guns. So we will get Lethal and Motor City Machine Guns taking on Wardlow and FTR.
It was announced on the show that Thunder Rosa is going to miss time because of an injury. That means another interim title will be handed out as Dr. Britt Baker D.MD. Toni Storm, Jamie Hayter, and Hikaru Shida will fight at the PPV in a four-way. Baker was in action and had a strong showing heading into ALL OUT. We also had Colton vs Billy Gunn, which ok.
Punk vs Moxley to unify titles as we previously mentioned opened the second hour. There was a lot of hype for this match. But it was a total squash as Moxley won in three minutes over Punk. Clearly Punk was not ready to return from his injury. He was grabbing at his plant foot after hitting Moxley with a kick. Moxley has been on a roll since winning the interim title and getting the run he deserved with fans after the pandemic shut his first run down. Lots of speculation about what happened in this one, but no denying that there will be a rematch down the road.
The main event saw United Empire (Will Ospreay and Aussie Open) take on Death Triangle. Do yourselves a favour and go watch this match. Excellent from start to finish. All six guys were incredible. Will Ospreay is a star and anytime he was in the ring with Rey Fenix, Penta, and Pac it was magic. Aussie Open won the match which led to Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks coming out. Post-AEW Omega and Ospreay cut promos on each other. This match will be great next week on Dynamite.
Here’s a look at the AEW Dynamite viewership and ratings in the 18-49 demo over the past year:
- Aug. 25: 1,172,000/ .48
- Sept. 1: 1,047,000/ .38
- Sept. 8: 1,319,000/ .53
- Sept. 15 1,175,000/ .44
- Sept. 22 1,273,000/ .48
- Sept. 29 1,152,000/ .45
- Oct. 6 1,053,000/ .37
- Oct. 16 727,000/ .28
- Oct. 23 575,000/ .22
- Oct. 27 941,000/ .40
- Nov. 3 878,000 /.32
- Nov. 10 913,000/ .34
- Nov. 17 984,000/ .37
- Nov. 24 898,000/ .31
- Dec. 1 861,000/ .31
- Dec. 8 872,000/.33
- Dec. 15 948,000/ .33
- Dec. 22 1,020,000/ .37
- Dec. 29 975,000/.37
- Jan. 5 1,010,000/.43
- Jan, 12 969,000/.39
- Jan. 19 1,032,000/.44
- Jan. 26 1,100,00/ .41
- Feb. 2 954,000/.35
- Feb. 9 1,129,000/.41
- Feb. 16 869,000/.31
- Feb. 23 1,010,000/.40
- Mar. 2 966,000/.35
- Mar. 9. 945,000/ .40
- Mar. 16 993,000/ .38
- Mar. 23 1,040,000/ .41
- Mar. 30 979,000/.38
- Apr. 6 989,000/.38
- Apr. 13 977,000/ .37
- Apr. 20 930,000/ .37
- Apr. 27 921,000/ .33
- May 4 883,000/ .32
- May 11 840,000/.33
- May 18 922,000/.33
- May 25 929,000/.35
- June 1, 969,000/.40
- June 8, 939,000/.34
- June 15, 761,000/.28
- June 22, 878,000/.31
- June 29, 1,023,000/.36
- July 6, 979,000/.36
- July 11, 942,000/.32
- July 20, 910,000/.32
- July 27, 976,000/.33
- Aug 3, 938,000/.32
- Aug 10, 972,000/.33
- Aug 17, 957,000/.30
What are your thoughts on the show?
Just a note there are No Smackdown and AEW Rampage ratings as of right now. You can still find them on my Twitter account @JimBiringer.
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