It’s Thursday and you know what that means… ratings for AEW Dynamite are out. AEW was trying to continue to build momentum as we head to 2023. Coming off a successful Winter Is Coming and Holiday Bash, New Year’s Smash was another loaded and great wrestling show featuring the Trios Best of Seven Series and the TNT Title Match. Time to dive in and see what the ratings were.
AEW Dynamite: New Year’s Smash Ratings
The road to a new era in AEW Dynamite is on. A new look is coming for the January 4th, 2023 edition of the show in Seattle. But for now, it was the New Year’s Smash show live from Broomfield, Colorado. As previously mentioned the show featured the best of seven series between the Elite and Death Triangle continued with Match Six. The Main Event was the TNT Title match between Samoa Joe and Wardlow.
The December 28th edition of AEW Dynamite week’s show was viewed by 876,000 people and did a .28 in the 18-49 demo.
— Brandon Thurston (@BrandonThurston) December 29, 2022
AEW Dynamite was back to their normal numbers thanks to strong showings for Winter Is Coming and Holiday Bash. This was another action-packed show. Things were crisp and the wrestling was fantastic. So were the promos as storylines continued to build for the new year as well the next PPV.
Despite the awful segment last week, AEW Dynamite numbers rose and expect a similar rise this week considering they eliminated unnecessary segments that did not make sense. The Trios match was the best match on the card, but all the matches were good. The Colorado crowd was really into the show tonight.
Both the viewership and demo numbers dropped from last week. No surprise with the competition on TV this week. According to Showbuzzdaily.com AEW Dynamite was fifth on cable behind college football on ESPN.
The show opened with Bryan Danielson and Ethan Page. This was an excellent match between two workhorses of the business. Of course, MJF was there to watch the proceedings. However, he didn’t do it from ringside, he did it from a luxury box. This match was set up last week when Danielson called out MJF and got Ethan Page instead. This was a physical affair as Danielson made Page pass out. Danielson looked strong as a contender and this loss does not hurt Page at all.
Following that was Top Flight taking on Claudio Castagnoli and Jon Moxley. AEW did a good job here of following up with programming. On Rampage, Top Flight won the Battle Royale by eliminating Claudio last. The Blackpool Combat Club was out for revenge. This was a great match. Top Flight is a serious threat to winning gold down the road. However, Moxley and Claudio put the boots on Darius and Dante Martin. This was a fun match. Top Flight looked great despite taking the loss in this one.
The Falls Count Anywhere Match Six between Death Triangle and the Elite got started in the back. No entrances just straight brawling. Both teams were quick to jump the other. This was a frantic start. Both teams have come up with different ways to entertain the fans in this series. These teams came up with different spots for this match. Rey Fenix is unbelievable with a torneo off the stage. Kenny Omega followed that up with a V-Trigger. Omega hit a V-Trigger on Pac, who was in a garbage can.
The match pace picked up as it went on as the Lucha Bros hit Omega with a Fear Factor on the outside. It was a crazy and controversial ending to the match. Matt Jackson was stuck in the Brutilizer from Pac, while on the outside Omega hit Fenix with a One Winged Angel through tables to get the pin before Matt tapped out. This sets up Match Seven a Ladder Match in two weeks.
It was announced that Hangman Adam Page will be cleared from his concussion as Dynamite heads to Los Angeles in two weeks. Hook had another squash match as he continues to look strong. After the match, the storyline between the Firm (Big Bill and Lee Moriarity), Hook, and Jungle Boy continued. In addition, both Chris Jericho and Ricky Starks cut promos on each other leading to their match next week on Dynamite.
The Acclaimed cut a rap prior to the women’s match between Ruby Soho, Willow Nightingale, Tay Melo and Ana J A.S. Go check out the rap if you have not seen it. Great stuff. The women’s match was good as it moved the storyline along. Good, they are getting more time and developing stories for these ladies.
The main event saw Samoa Joe take on Wardlow for the TNT Title. Earlier in the night, Wardlow was cutting a promo before Joe attacked him with a lead pipe. There were questions surrounding whether or not Wardlow was going to make it to the match. Joe controlled most of the match exposing the injury. However, Wardlow got his shots in on Joe. He even delivered a powerbomb to Joe. Wardlow hit some explosive moves, but the injury was too much to overcome. Joe made Wardlow pass out in the Coquina Clutch. After the match, Joe cut off Wardlow’s poney-tail before Dary Allin made the save.
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
- Dec, 21 957,000/.30
What are your thoughts on the show?
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