It’s Thursday and you know what that means… ratings for AEW Dynamite are out. It was a new era in AEW with a whole new look and design for 2023 as the show headed back to Los Angeles. Match seven of the best-of-seven series between The Elite and Death Triangle highlighted this show. Let’s dive into the ratings and see how the show did.
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It was a new look for a new era of AEW Dynamite on the January 11th, 2023 edition of the show back in Los Angeles, LA. It was a jam-packed show as Tony Khan continues to put great shows together despite what the numbers have shown recently. This was a solid
The January 11th edition of AEW Dynamite week’s show was viewed by 967,000 people and did a .33 in the 18-49 demo.
Wednesday Night Wrestling Rating:
AEW Dynamite: 967,000 viewers (.33 in 18-49) 3rd on cable.
— Jim Biringer (@JimBiringer) January 12, 2023
Back-to-back disappointing numbers for AEW Dynamite. However, despite all that, they are still top five in the 18-49 demo on cable. However, this was a loaded show that figured to do well. This week however AEW Dynamite got back to their normal numbers.
Both the demo and viewership numbers were up from the previous week. The only competition on TV was NBA as AEW Dynamite finished 3rd on cable according to Showbuzzdaily.com. As a matter of fact, Dynamite’s viewership numbers beat both NBA games. Dynamite tied the late NBA game with the same P18-49 number.
AEW Dynamite saw its highest P18-49 number since December 14th, 2022. In addition, this was the show’s best viewership number since December 21st, 2022.
The crowd was ready for this show from the start. Again crowds make a show and this Los Angeles crowd was ready for a great night. Jon Moxley and Hangman Adam Page kicked things off. What a hard-hitting contest this was. Two guys that do not like each other and you could see it in every move they did. Page got a much-needed victory here as he apparently broke Moxley’s nose with the lariat to score the win. They were playing off Moxley’s concussion or injury as he should get some time away.
A surprise return of Adam Cole followed. Crowd popped huge for him. Cole described his journey back. It was an excellent promo. He told the locker room it is bad news that Cole is back as he is coming for gold. Great reaction for a great competitor like Adam Cole. Hook and Jack Perry took on Big Bill and Lee Moriarity next. Fun match with Hook getting a suplex on Big Bill before Jungle Boy Jack Perry had Moriarity tap out.
Bryan Danielson vs. Konosuke Takeshita was next. But before we could get to the match. MJF had to come out and cut a promo on Danielson and Takeshita. The World Champion insulted Ken Jeong and Freddie Prinze Jr., both of whom were at ringside. He roasted both of them well and was about to finish with his catchphrases before Danielson made his way out. The match proceeded and it was an excellent contest. Another hard-hitting affair. Danielson is going to continue to produce bangers, look out because it is must-watch TV. We know what Takeshita’s role is right now, but he will get his push soon.
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Toni Storm and Saraya took on Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D and AEW Women’s World Champion Jamie Hayter next. This was a great match. However, most people expected Mercedes Mone to show up and she never did. However, these women worked so hard to put on a great match. Hayter is so over. Hikaru Shida made her presence felt at ringside. You knew she was going to take exception to Saraya calling Toni Storm the best wrestler in the world. The end of the match saw Shida slide in the kendo stick only for it to be used by Baker to strike Storm with it for Hayter to get the win.
Jericho Appreciation Society was next with a promo segment. Chris Jericho gloated about what he did last week to Ricky Starks and how it was a big week for the JAS in LA. However, the gloating didn’t last as Starks and Action Andretti came out. This set up a match between Jake Hager and Ricky Starks for next week.
The main event was match seven in the best-of-seven series for the AEW World Trios Titles between the Elite and Death Triangle. Another excellent and fun match between these two teams. Of course, this match was a ladder match. So many great spots in this match as it was another hard-hitting affair. From Kenny Omega missing his signature dive through a table to the Fear Factor on the Ladder by the Lucha Bros to the One-Winged Angel off the ladder. So many memorable great spots that got everyone involved. In the end, the Elite regained the titles they were stripped of after All Out in September. Great match to end a solid 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:
- 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
- Dec, 28 876,000/.28
- Jan, 4 864,000/.26
What are your thoughts on the show?
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