AEW Collision bounces back after Royal Rumble, grows for main event

Originally published at AEW Collision bounces back after Royal Rumble

AEW Collision bounced back from the low figures against the Royal Rumble, although the show is below its December performance.

The February 3 episode from Edinburg, Texas averaged 404,000 viewers and 157,000 (0.12) in the 18-49 demographic, per Wrestlenomics and Sports Media Watch.

The audience jumped 35% from last week’s audience, which was the lowest Saturday night audience in Collision’s history while airing against the Royal Rumble.

The 18-49 audience grew from 89,000 last week (the lowest in Collision’s history) to 157,000 this week or 89% but below the average of 195,000 they attracted throughout December 2023.

Collision aired against the New York Knicks vs. L.A. Lakers, which averaged 2,743,000 viewers on ABC as well as college basketball on ESPN. Collision went against the end of Duke vs. North Carolina (3,199,000 viewers) and into the game between Tennessee and Kentucky (2,525,000 viewers). There was also a UFC Fight Night event streaming on ESPN+ with the main card beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

In the key demo, males increased from 52,000 to 91,000 while females more than doubled from 31,000 to 66,000 this week.

Adults 18-34 averaged 50,000 viewers with a 67% increase over last week – entirely due to males growing from 11,000 to 31,000 while females were identical to last week’s average in the demo.

Adults 35-49 doubled from 53,000 last week to 107,000.

The show was highlighted by FTR & Daniel Garcia beating Christian Cage, Killswitch & Nick Wayne in the main event, and a unique match involving Bryan Danielson and CMLL’s Hechicero.

Wrestlenomics reports that the show peaked for the final quarter of the show with the main event averaging 472,000 viewers and 199,000 in the demo. The main event took up the lion’s share of the final two quarters and overall, grew the audience by 22% and the demo increased by 38% from the 9:15 – 9:30 p.m. ET quarter.