It’s Thursday and you know what that means… ratings for Wednesday night AEW Dynamite are out. AEW was back in NYC for Dynamite Grand Slam at Arthur Ashe Stadium. It was a loaded card with five championship matches. Let’s see how the show did.
AEW Dynamite Grand Slam
This week’s edition of AEW Dynamite was live from Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, NY. It was the second annual Grand Slam event, which will turn into a yearly event. Five championship matches headlined the show. It was a good show top to bottom.
The September 21st edition of AEW Dynamite week’s show was viewed by 1.039 million people and did a .35 in the 18-49 demo.
— Brandon Thurston (@BrandonThurston) September 22, 2022
This year’s version of the AEW Dynamite Grand Slam is lower in both viewership and key demo than last year. Recall, last year’s AEW Grand Slam did 1.273 million viewers and .48 in the 18-49.
AEW Dynamite has been rolling prior to All Out. This is the fifth straight week with over a million viewers. AEW has put their best foot forward considering the mess three weeks ago. Both the viewership and demo was down from the previous week. The show was number one on cable according to Showbuzzdaily.com
Coming into the show this week, both go-home shows for Grand Slam averaged the same amount of viewers, but the demos were higher last year than this year.
The show began with the Ring of Honor World Championship between Claudio and Chris Jericho. Jericho was so over even as a heel. Jericho and Claudio put on a great match. Though Jericho was reluctant to do the code of honor handshake before the match but did. These guys put on a good wrestling match as it was a hot opener. The story was Jericho showing all dishonor and no honor when it came to winning the title. In the end, Jericho cheated to win the ROH World Title from Claudio. It is interesting to see Jericho winning the title. Is there a TV contract in line for this company now with Jericho winning the belt?
Up next was the most anticipated match of the show as Swerve in Our Glory took on the Acclaimed. Everyone knew what was going to happen to enter this match. The crowd was ready for this match. The Acclaimed hometown favourites came in with red-hot momentum, the rematch from All Out was not as good. Hard to recreate what happened at the PPV. Again the Acclaimed probably should have won that night in Chicago as that crowd was ready for it then. The NYC popped for the Acclaimed winning but something about spontaneity can be reproduced.
After a great MJF promo with Wheeler Yuta, the All-Atlantic Title was on the line between Pac and Orange Cassidy. This was a solid match. The crowd was a little low here considering the first two matches. Orange Cassidy was doing everything in his power to win the title. But Pac retained using tactics to retain the title even though Orange was below him and couldn’t be in the same ring as Pac.
Next up was the four-way for the AEW Women’s Interim title. This was a solid match featuring Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D, Athena, Serena Deeb, and Toni Storm. There were some cool spots in this match. Hopefully, Britt Baker did not get seriously taking that bump from Athena. Baker came up bloodied and it appeared she might have broken her nose again. Storm retained, and while Baker was beating down on Storm, Jamie Hayter came down, and they double-teamed the champ, which turned into a 3-on-1 before Saraya aka Paige made her debut. Business just picked up with Saraya showing up.
The main event was Bryan Danielson vs Jon Moxley for the Vacant AEW World Title. This had a big fight feel to it. These two guys did not disappoint. It was a gruelling match as the two went blow for blow. The crowd was into this match. And the way Moxley and Danielson have performed in these three weeks has been excellent. Especially Moxley, considering he was supposed to be on vacation. It appeared Danielson was going to avenge his loss, but in the end Moxley made Danielson pass out to win the AEW World Title for the third time. Though technically a fourth time, if you count the interim title.
Regardless of who you think should have won, the storyline being told with Moxley and MJF has been great thus Moxley winning. You did not want Danielson to be a transitional champion not in his first reign. MJF was shown for most of the match in his box holding the chip he won. We are heading for Moxley and MJF at Full Gear 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
- Sep 14, 1,175,000/.39
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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