AEW Dynamite maintains demo audience against NBA, live West Coast airing

Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2023/04/20/aew-dynamite-maintains-demo-audience-against-nba-live-west-coast-airing/

AEW Dynamite maintained its 18-49 audience despite multiple factors working against the program this week.

The April 19th episode from Pittsburgh averaged 830,000 viewers and approximately 365,000 (0.28) in the 18-49 demographic. (Wrestlenomics and Showbuzz Daily)

Dynamite ranked seventh among cable originals behind the NBA playoffs, Vanderpump Rules, and Watch What Happens Live.

Dynamite also aired live on the West Coast due to TBS’ coverage of the men’s soccer game immediately following Dynamite and was going to impact viewership that would need to tune in three hours earlier than normal.

The results were a four percent decrease in viewership and an identical audience in the 18-49 demographic from last week.

In the key demo, females increased by 17 percent this week while men dropped by nine percent. Adults 18-34 hit a three-week low with a 14.5 percent drop from last week’s number.

After a poor figure among adults 35-49, there was a 13.5 percent increase this week, which is a good sign given the heavier sports competition. Adults 50+ dropped by ten percent.

Dynamite aired against the L.A. Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzlies, which topped all of television on Wednesday with 3.8 million viewers and 1.43 in the demo on TNT.

The men’s soccer game following Dynamite ranked #12 on cable with 437,000 viewers and 0.20 in the demo.

In Canada, Dynamite averaged approximately 124,000 viewers and 77,000 in the 25-54 demographic on TSN 2, which increased by 7 and 24 percent respectively. While last Friday’s episode of SmackDown averaged more viewers on Sportsnet 360, Dynamite did a larger number in the key demo with 77,000 compared to 61,500. Dynamite did edge out this past Monday’s episode of Raw in viewership. Still, it’s a misleading comparison given that Raw was moved to a smaller network (OLN) due to the NHL playoffs and Dynamite aired on its regular station.

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Feels like a minor miracle the number was as strong as it was, given the live airing in all locations, as opposed to the usual 8pm local time.

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This is just the start of the domination of pro wrestling in the sports world.

Wrestling will never dominate the sports world. As much as I love wrestling, it doesn’t even sniff what leagues like the NFL or NBA are doing.

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You’re crazy man. We’re only a couple months away from Dynamite destroying the Superbowl in ratings.

The domination is on its way and this week was just the beginning(even though it wasnt even close to one of their best ratings.) But still…domination.

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I mean wrestling can’t beat Vandertramp or 90 day finance some weeks.

I think the NBA and NFL are safe

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