Quarter-Hour Viewership Tells Interesting AEW Dynamite Story

We are officially on the road to AEW All In, potentially the most-attended pro wrestling show of all time, and with less than two weeks to go, the card was flushed out on last night’s episode of AEW Dynamite. Kicking things off, Eddie Kingston laid down a Stadium Stampede challenge to the Blackpool Combat Club that will see him aligned with The Best Friends and the Lucha Brothers. Elsewhere, Kenny Omega was blindsided by Bullet Club Gold, who will team with Konosuke Takeshita to take on The Cleaner in a trios match alongside “Hangman” Adam Page and Kota Ibushi, and the stage was finally set for Chris Jericho versus Will Ospreay.

The excitement around AEW All In, along with the standard Wednesday night action, seems to have resonated this week. Wrestlenomics reports that Dynamite saw a 10% increase in viewers among the coveted P18-49 demographic. Overall, the show averaged 874,000 viewers, up 3% from the week before, with 412,000 of those in the P18-29 demo. It was the number one show on cable for the day, with the Little League World Series taking second, averaging 311,000 viewers in the P18-49 demo.

The quarter-hour viewership for this week’s Dynamite is somewhat interesting, as the show saw its highest P18-49 viewership in the second hour coming out of the Orange Cassidy versus Wheeler Yuta match, also featuring Kingston’s Stadium Stampede challenge. That second quarter-hour drew an average of 437,000 viewers in the key demo, and every subsequent quarter-hour saw a drop in P18-49 viewership, with the exception of the fourth quarter, which remained flat. The final quarter-hour of the show, featuring The Young Bucks versus The Gunns in the main event, saw a 10% drop in the P18-49 demo for a show low of 358,000 viewers.

Overall viewership for the episode peaked in the first quarter-hour at 946,000 viewers and dwindled down to 738,000 by the end of the show. It dropped in overall viewership in every quarter-hour except the third, which remained flat.