It’s Thursday and you know what that means… ratings for AEW Dynamite are out. A week off from posting ratings last week. AEW Dynamite was bringing another banger of a show after back-to-back weeks in their normal range. It was a tribute show as well to the late Jay Briscoe in the main event slot. Let’s dive into the ratings and see how the show did.
AEW Dynamite: Jay Briscoe Tribute Match
The new era of AEW Dynamite continued to roll on with the January 25th edition which was in Lexington, KY in the Rupp arena. Another jam-packed show with an emotional main event, thanks to the persistence of Tony Khan to Warners Media.
The January 25th edition of AEW Dynamite week’s show was viewed by 1,003,000 people and did a .32 in the 18-49 demo.
AEW Dynamite last night on TBS (8-10pm):
P18-49 rating: 0.32
#3 cable original in P18-49
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While the numbers have not reflected it especially early on, AEW Dynamite has continued to put together great shows. Having their up-and-coming talent on the show helps as well. Especially with the guys that are over with the audience right now. Regardless of how they are used, they need to be on TV every week.
Both the demo and viewership numbers were up from the previous week. This is the third consecutive week the viewership numbers have gone up. This was the first time the show hit the million mark since October.
AEW Dynamite was third on cable according to Showbuzzdaily.com behind two basketball games on ESPN.
Things are turning around in the numbers game especially now that the drama is over. You have to hope this good run continues. But the numbers will help secure a new TV deal for AEW Dynamite down the road.
The crowd was ready for this show from the start. It started with a banger as Sammy Guevara and Chris Jericho took on Ricky Starks and Action Andretti. Starks is a star and has to be on the show all the time. This was a great match. The heels were looking to stop the bleeding as Starks and Andretti had been getting wins over them. After Daniel Garcia lost to Andretti on Rampage, it was Garcia who allowed Jericho and Guevara to get the win when he used Floyd the Bat to hit Andretti for the win.
Darby Allin’s open challenge for the TNT Title continued as Buddy Matthews stepped to the plate. Darby has been having a banger of matches either on Rampage or Dynamite. Plus he wrestled over in Japan as well. Allin was playing the underdog role to the bigger Matthews. Another excellent match we expect from Allin. A belt that was featured so much early is brought back to prominence in the company. While House of Black tried to interfere, Sting and Ortiz took them out of the equation before Allin picked up the win. A great video package for Jay Briscoe aired.
JungleHook was next as Jack Perry and Hook teamed up against Matt Hardy and Ethan Page. Fun match that continues a storyline inside the Firm. A couple of pre-taped segments were next with the Acclaimed and Gunn Club. A title match is coming and possible heel turn for Billy Gunn too. Also, Hangman Adam Page and Rene Paquette had another interview segment and we are heading toward Page and Jon Moxley III.
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Brian Cage and Bryan Danielson were next. This was a good match. Danielson played the underdog to the bigger Cage. The Machine Brian Cage was working on the bounty for MJF to break Danielson’s arm. The story is Danielson has to win all these matches before the March 5th Ironman match. Danielson got the win but after the match, the heels worked on his arm before Konosuke Takeshita made the save. So many different directions this story is going. Both Danielson and MJF cut promos later in the show to build towards the World Title match.
Toni Storm and Ruby Soho were next. This was a carryover from the previous week when Saraya and Storm beat down Willow Nightingale. Soho made the save. It is the outsiders versus the originals of the AEW Women’s division. Originally a three-way with Britt Baker, who was injured, she made an appearance late in the match to help Soho get the win over Storm. Good match.
The main event saw Mark Briscoe take on Jay Lethal in a high-quality but very emotional match. Both guys paid tribute to Jay Briscoe, who lost his life last Tuesday. The code of honor for ROH was honored and these guys were spectacular. Staples of the company for years, these guys showed why they are two of the best. Mark released Redneck Kung Fu on Lethal. Lethal was so emotional for this match. The table spot at the end that led to the Jay Driller by Mark was excellent. Mark Briscoe stood tall carrying both ROH Tag Team Titles as he carries on his brother’s legacy.
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. 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
- Jan, 11 967,000/.33
- Jan, 18 969,000/.31
What are your thoughts on the show?
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