Warner Brothers Discovery Touts Success Of AEW Dynamite

Haus of Wrestling has just received the following release from Warner Brothers Discovery, touting the viewership success of this past Wednesday’s episode of AEW Dynamite.

TBS’ “AEW: Dynamite” was Cable’s #1 program among Adults 18-49 on Wednesday, July 5, from 8-10 p.m. ET, delivering a .75 rating and attracting 438K viewers in L3.

The high-octane show had a ten percent lift in Adults 18-49 and 25-54, as well as a five percent lift among P2+ vs. prior week’s episode.  Wednesday’s telecast was live from Edmonton, Alberta, and featured MJF & Adam Cole debuting as a tag-team, Keith Lee & Swerve Strickland taking on Darby Allin & Orange Cassidy in the Blind Eliminator Tag Team Tournament, Kenny Omega squaring off against Wheeler Yuta, and Ruby Soho taking on Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. in a rematch of last year’s Owen Hart Foundation Tournament Finals. 

On this week’s “AEW: Dynamite” on July 12 at 8 p.m. ET, the Blind Eliminator Tag Tournament continues as MJF & Adam Cole battle Brian Cage & Big Bill, and Darby Allin & Orange Cassidy face Sammy Guevara & Daniel Garcia.  In addition, Chris Jericho takes on Komander, Skye Blue faces Ruby Soho in the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament Semi-Finals, and young prodigy Nick Wayne debuts against Swerve Strickland.

With Showbuzz Daily ending its run as the industry leader for viewership statistics, seeing if WBD becomes a consistent source for that information will be interesting. We should have the viewership information for this past Saturday’s AEW Collision by tomorrow; hopefully, it features a rebound from week three, which only average about 500,000 fans. Week three was also a taped installment of the show, whereas this week was live and featured the highly-anticipated main event between CM Punk and Samoa Joe.

The success of AEW Collision, along with the continued success of AEW Dynamite, are said to be key to upcoming TV rights negotiations between the young pro wrestling company and the media conglomerate. If things go well, it is possible AEW will receive a deal with upwards of, and perhaps more than, one billion dollars, a number CM Punk alluded to in his return promo on the debut episode of Collision.