It’s Thursday and you know what that means… ratings for AEW Dynamite are out. Dynamite was back on its regular Wednesday night time slot on TBS. The road to Full Gear is on as we know the main event. It was another jam-packed show. Let’s see how they did.
AEW Dynamite Headlined By World Title Match
After a special Tuesday night edition of AEW Dynamite where the Wednesday Night Wars were revisited, Dynamite was back on Wednesday night. Jon Moxley was looking for a fight and wanted to defend his title after his last title match was stopped by the referee. Live from Norfolk, VA Moxley defended the title against Pentagon Jr. The crowd was ready for this one.
The October 26th edition of AEW Dynamite week’s show was viewed by 997,000 people and did a .32 in the 18-49 demo.
AEW Dynamite last night on TBS (8-10pm):
P18-49 rating: 0.32
#5 cable original in P18-49
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It was another strong performance this week as AEW Dynamite again. After a dip last week for being on an off night and with a lot of competition, AEW’s viewership number rose. Unlike last year when they took a significant dip. Year-to-year comparison AEW is on par or doing better than it did last year despite all the turmoil that happened backstage following All Out.
Even with a lot of competition on TV with the NBA and NHL, AEW still had a good showing numbers-wise. Both the viewership and demo were up from the previous week. The show was number five on cable according to Showbuzzdaily.com.
Outside of the NBA, which was number one, AEW Dynamite was the third sports show in the top five. The other was SportsCenter.
The show kicked off with a tag team attraction as Claudio Castagnoli and Wheeler Yuta took on Chris Jericho and Daniel Garcia. It was a rivalry renewed between Blackpool Combat Club and the Jericho Appreciation Society. Also, Claudio and Wheeler were looking to get some payback as Jericho continues to reign over ROH as he continues to dishonor the championship. This was a fun match to begin the show. Claudio and Wheeler picked up the victory. Fun match as they get a little revenge. Post-match Danielson and Yuta continue to be at odds, while Jericho issues an open challenge for the ROH world title.
Following that we had Swerve in Our Glory taking on FTR. The Winner will face The Acclaimed for the Titles. This was a good match. Better than expected. FTR can work with anyone in the business. They never disappoint. Swerve Strickland worked heel in the match. FTR is the best tag team in the world and have not competed for the AEW World Tag Team Titles since they lost to the Bucks a couple of years ago. Having the other belts across promotions just means that either A) they do not FTR to have the titles and be belt collectors or B) AEW does not want to put two over-tag teams together.
Look there is nothing wrong with another match between Swerve in Our Glory and the Acclaimed, but nothing will top their All-Out match where AEW should have called an audible and put the belts on the Acclaimed then. FTR does not need to be feuding with the Gunn Club. Before the match, we got a cryptic video about Elite coming back. This was the first mention on TV in a long time since the All Out stuff.
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A great interview happened next with MJF. MJF is playing himself up as the Devil himself. Again you were not sure if this came off as a heel or babyface promo. Felt more like a heel promo. If they want to go babyface with him, he will be super over. If he wants to stay heel, even better. As MJF says he is a generational talent. Stockley Hathaway came out and MJF warned him that if The Firm touches Jon Moxley, they would be fired.
Bryan Danielson versus Sammy Guevara was next. Another hard-hitting match. Fun match between two guys that have great chemistry. Danielson was on a mission to prove he is the best in the world by sending a message to Yuta. Guevara jumped out early before Danielson rallied. Guevara had some great spots in this match before Danielson made him pass out to get the win.
Following that was Riho versus Jamie Hayter. Hayter is so over. And when the time is come to give her a title run, she will be ready and have feuds with Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. Good match between two good wrestlers. Riho is quick and showed her counter abilities before Hayter got the win. Toni Storm came out to stare down Hayter. Seems like we are heading toward that.
The main event was Moxley and Penta for the title. This was a fun match. Another hard-hitting match. Penta and Mox did their indy spot from a few years ago. Penta is a great singles wrestler. Moxley took Penta’s best shots and delivered some of his own. Moxley retained the title before The Firm came down to beat him down. MJF teased the save and let the beatdown continue. MJF made the save and then fired The Firm. For his trouble, MJF got a beatdown too as Morrissey slammed him through a table.
This feels like a swerve and MJF will align with The Firm to win the title.
Here’s a look at the AEW Dynamite viewership and ratings in the 18-49 demo over the past year:
- 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
- Sep 21, 1,039,000/.35
- Sep 28, 990,000/.34
- Oct 5, 1,038,000/.33
- Oct 12, 983,000/.32
- Oct 18, 752,000/.26
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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