It’s Thursday and you know what that means… ratings for Wednesday night AEW Dynamite are out. This week AEW Dynamite was highlighted with two semifinal matches in the Tournament of Champions leading to a new AEW Champion being crowned at AEW Dynamite Grand Slam next week in Queens, NY. Let’s see how the show did.
AEW Dynamite Ratings Soar To New Heights
This week’s edition of AEW Dynamite was live in Albany, NY and the crowd was in store for a good show. Tony Khan promised last week he was going to deliver high-quality content for the fans after what happened following All Out. This was a good show, though there were some head-scratching decisions in booking but overall a solid show.
The September 14th edition of AEW Dynamite week’s show was viewed by 1.175 million people and did a .39 in the 18-49 demo.
— Brandon Thurston (@BrandonThurston) September 15, 2022
AEW Dynamite has been rolling prior to All Out. This is the fourth straight week with over a million viewers as they head into Grand Slam next week. Both the viewership and demo rose from the previous week. The show was number one on cable according to Showbuzzdaily.com
The 18-49 demo number was the highest since June 1. That episode was the Dynamite following Double or Nothing with the MJF promo. MJF was on this show and had another great promo. This is the highest viewership number since September 22, 2021, which was AEW Dynamite Grand Slam. The September 14th viewership number ties the go-home show viewership number that was on September 15, 2021, heading into Grand Slam on September 22nd. Thought the P18-49 number was higher. Every quarter was over a million viewers and the P18-49 demo peaked in the main event.
The show began with a semifinal match in the Tournament of Champions between Jon Moxley and Sammy Guevara. This was a solid match. But everyone knew going in that Moxley was going to win. Guevara is showing why he is one of the pillars of AEW. Nice contrast of styles, but Moxley is off to win the title for the fourth time in his career.
Following the match, MJF came out and cut a great promo on Moxley. He talked about how he wasn’t playing a character anymore. Brought up Moxley’s past and said he is a demon Moxley can’t slay. He also mentions the AEW World Title and it was his title. MJF won the Casino Ladder Match at All Out. He holds the Poker Chip for a match anytime he wants it. You have to wonder if he might walk out with the title at Grand Slam.
MJF also talked about his hired Stable on retainer called the Firm led by Stockley Hathaway. This segment was random but Hathaway talked the group up and their purpose so it gave it meaning. Following that Jay Lethal answered Jungle Boy’s open challenge. This was a good match. Jungle Boy picked up the win. Sonjay Dutt is a wild man and a great manager.
Following that the Lucha Bros took on Swerve in Our Glory for the Tag Team Titles. The winners would face the Acclaimed next week in Arthur Ashe. With the plan for the Acclaimed to win and do it over Swerve and Keith Lee, it made sense the champs won. Death Triangle wanted to become double champions like their leader Pac. This was a great match. There was a wild spot where Rey Fenix did a Spanish Fly off the top rope on Swerve leading to Penta doing a Canadian Destroyer on Keith Lee. After the match, Orange Cassidy knocked out Pac setting up their match for next week.
Wardlow was in action. He squashed Tony Neese. After he cut a promo saying how this was his world and things are getting back on track for him. The first Tournament of Champions Wild Card match was up next. It was Bryan Danielson vs Hangman Adam Page 3. This was a solid match. These guys have great chemistry. It was given time and showed the importance of the title. Danielson evened his rivalry with Page and will face Jericho next week.
An angle was shot on Dark where Dr. Britt Baker took out Hikaru Shida. However, Shida is working on some Japan dates, so it is only an injury angle. So it was Toni Storm and Athena taking on Baker and Serena Deeb. The match was good. However, the ending was strange. Serena Deeb pinned Toni Storm, the interim AEW Women’s champ with help from Baker and a chair, while Athena was out on the outside. Did not understand this. Post-match Jamie Hayter came down and she hit Storm while yelling at Baker, who cost her the title at All Out. This led to a four-way between these participants for next week’s AEW Women’s title.
The main event saw Chris Jericho vs Bryan Danielson 2. It was a semifinal match in the Tournament of Champions with the winner facing Moxley. Another excellent main event match. Jericho and Danielson have been working well together in the ring. Solid stuff from both of them. Even though he came out as the Wizard, Jericho wrestled the match like the Lionheart. Danielson’s selling is underrated especially when it appeared he hurt his ankle. Great reversal by Danielson from the Walls to Lebell lock for the win.
Danielson takes on Moxley next week for the title.
Here’s a look at the AEW Dynamite viewership and ratings in the 18-49 demo over the past year:
- 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
- Aug 24, 1,049,000/.34
- Aug 31, 1,020,000/.35
- Sep 7, 1,035,000/.38
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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