It’s Thursday and you know what that means… ratings for AEW Dynamite are out. Coming off a successful Winter Is Coming Show, it was the Holiday Bash Show featuring the Trios Best of Seven Series and the AEW Women’s World Title match. Time to dive in and see what the ratings were.
AEW Dynamite: Holiday Bash Ratings
The road to Winter Is Coming is on at AEW Dynamite was live from San Antonio, TX. As previously mentioned it was the Holiday Bash show at the best of seven series between the Elite and Death Triangle continued with Match Five. The Main Event was the AEW Women’s World Title Match between Jamie Hayter and Hikaru Shida.
The December 21st edition of AEW Dynamite week’s show was viewed by 957,000 people and did a .30 in the 18-49 demo.
AEW Dynamite last night on TBS (8-10pm):
P18-49 rating: 0.30
— Brandon Thurston (@BrandonThurston) December 22, 2022
AEW Dynamite was back to their normal numbers last week thanks to the Winter Is Coming show. It was going to be interesting to see how AEW followed up this show because Winter Is Coming is always such a big show. This show definitely moved things along outside of one segment which we get to later.
For the most part, the matches were good, especially the trios match and the women’s match which was the main event of the show. The San Antonio Crowd was into everything and was hot from the start. As you can see by the numbers the viewership was by 7,000 viewers from the previous week, while the demo was slightly down from the previous week.
According to Showbuzzdaily.com AEW Dynamite was once again third on cable behind college basketball and football on ESPN.
The show opened with Ricky Starks in the ring cutting a promo about losing to MJF last week. Starks gets better and better each week on the mic and vowed to be back at the top taking on Maxwell for the title. This brought out Chris Jericho. Both had a great exchange of words, but it was Starks who shined again. He said the J in the Jericho Appreciation Society stood for Jobbers referring to Jericho’s loss to Action Andretti last week. Starks challenged Jericho to a match on the January 4th edition of AEW Dynamite. New Year New Look Starks said.
This brought Jake Hager out to attack Starks along with the rest of the JAS. Action Andretti came out to make the save and stood tall again over Jericho. This was an excellent way to start this show. More Starks the better as we see with the Acclaimed. Later in the night, Jericho got some revenge on Andretti by throwing fire in his face.
The first match of the night was match five of the Best of Seven series between the Elite and Death Triangle. This was a no-disqualification match and it was a fun match. These two teams continue to find different ways to put on matches. Nick Jackson continued to sell his ankle injury. The heels got heat on the baby faces with the triple hammer spot. In addition, Kenny Omega brought out a barbed wire broom and delivered a Tiger Driver on Rey Fenix. Pac and Penta continued their evil ways on the Young Bucks. Fenix hit Omega with the hammer but this time got a two count. The Bucks hit the Meltzer Driver on Fenix as the series goes to a sixth match. The heels got heat for the next match with a bloody beatdown of the Elite.
The main event was good as Jamie Hayter and Hikaru Shida put on an excellent main event. These ladies work their butts off. Good for them too because the fans may not know how good Shida and Hayter are. These two ladies worked an excellent main event and saved the show from utter disaster as they had to follow an awful segment. Shida fought through the interference of Britt Baker and Rebel. Shida came close to becoming a two-time champion however Hayter successfully defended her title.
Hayter didn’t even have time to celebrate as Britt kicked Shida and kept her down. The spotlight storyline when Hayter and Baker split will be great. Toni Storm came back to try to help Shida, but it was Saraya who made the save. Again was this necessary, no, but they are building towards that tag team match in January.
The rest of the show was decent. Bryan Danielson cut a promo on MJF. A loud HBK chant filled the arena as they were in Shawn Michaels’s hometown. He said he wanted a piece of Maxwell Jacob Friedman. Danielson even called him out. But instead got Ethan Page. After some back and forth, Danielson and Page will have a match next week. Jon Moxley cut another promo on Hangman Adam Page. Moxley was also in action against Darius Martin. That was good. Hook was in action and got a win following that there was an angle that continued the Jack Perry and Firm storyline.
FTR was in action and again Tony Khan is utilizing the best tag team in the world the wrong way. Their feud with the Gunn Club will continue after this match after the Gunns cheated to win. But after all the success that FTR had this year, this felt like they are going backwards. Then there is the Keith Lee and Swerve Strickland segment. Lee was in the ring along with Rick Boss. Boss used some words that will get him fined by the FCC. Swerve came out with no music and talked to Lee about watching his back. The build to them breaking up was better. This segment was so out of place with Parker Boudreaux and another assailant attacking Lee leading to Swerve stomping Lee as a cinder block was placed on his chest. This was so bad and it almost killed the show.
That was the show.
Here’s a look at the AEW Dynamite viewership and ratings in the 18-49 demo over the past year:
- 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
- Oct 26, 997,000/.32
- Nov 2, 911,000/.29
- Nov 9, 930,000/.32
- Nov 16, 818,000/.28
- Nov 23, 880,000/.32
- Nov 30, 870,000/.26
- Dec 7, 840,000/.26
- Dec, 14 950,000/.33
What are your thoughts on the show?
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