AEW Dynamite drops to lowest viewership since 2021 for live coast-to-coast episode

Originally published at AEW Dynamite drops to lowest viewership since 2021 for live coast-to-coast episode

The post-Dynasty edition of AEW Dynamite fell to a three-year low in viewership for an episode that aired live across the country as opposed to its usual staggered broadcast.

The April 24 episode from Daily’s Place averaged 683,000 viewers and 306,000 (0.23) in the 18-49 demographic, which ranked sixth among cable originals on Wednesday, per the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and Wrestlenomics.

AEW Dynamite aired live across the country at 8 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. Pacific, which was going to impact the West Coast viewership due to the earlier start and led to the show’s lowest viewership since January 6, 2021. However, the 18-49 audience held up better and the lowest mark since March 27.

Dynamite ranked below back-to-back NBA playoff games on TNT, back-to-back NHL playoff games on ESPN, and Inside the NBA following the late game on TNT.

AEW’s viewership fell ten percent while the 18-49 audience declined by nine percent from last week’s figures.

Wrestlenomics reports that the peak viewership occurred in the opening quarter with 792,000 viewers with The Elite arriving at the arena, the in-ring segment with the Best Friends, and the beginning of Swerve Strickland vs. Kyle Fletcher. The peak in the 18-49 audience was the final quarter featuring the end of Jon Moxley vs. Powerhouse Hobbs and The Elite attacking Tony Khan with 330,000 viewers.

In Canada, the show was affected by the NHL playoffs with the Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins averaging 2.56 million viewers head-to-head while Dynamite fell to approximately 89,000 viewers and 41,000 in the 25-54 demographic on TSN 2. Dynamite’s Canadian viewership declined by thirty-two percent and the demo audience saw a forty-three percent drop.


I know that the west coast feed was affected so I imagine the number would have been a bit more than what was given, but I would still imagine the rating will get a higher bump now that there is an actual cliff hanger that fans will want to tune in next week to see the aftermath.

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Seeing the quarter hours is interesting. Because the final quarter saw a rise in the demo and the audience overall, leading one to suspect that people were curious to see the Jack Perry segment. And I expect more will tune in next week.

Any ratings this time of year need to be taken with a grain is salt, I haven’t double checked but I imagine NBA playoffs are doing massive numbers.

You’re reaching troll levels here with the sudden interest in “quarter hours”, especially in a week where the ratings ostensibly mean nothing due to NBA competition and a live West Coast airing.

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It’s a reflection of the bad run of shows before this week.


Thought it was interesting. It’s not like it’s something covered by John or Brandon. Just me trolling.

If you want to understand how a show is built and what things mean, it does matter to look at quarter hours and ad breaks. It shows who is protected. It shows who they are investing in. It’s information that helps paint a picture.

But no, just trolling.

In that case, I look forward to your weekly analysis. Since you’ve apparently just discovered an interest in them after three years or so.

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I thought it was an interesting factoid about this week’s show. That’s all.

People tuned back in / stuck around for the Perry angle.

Not sure why it bothers you why I’m bringing it up.

This post came up on my Facebook feed and had to do a double. Below 700k post PPV with a new champion is brutal.

Most people were probably watching the bruins beat the pants of off the leafs again. :sweat_smile::joy::rofl: