AEW Collision Hits Viewership Low Against WWE NXT No Mercy

This past edition of AEW Collision served as the final episode of television programming before the promotion’s inaugural AEW WrestleDream pay-per-view. The show was headlined by a huge 8-man tag showdown featuring Aussie Open, Big Bill, and Ricky Starks against Bryan Danielson and Wheeler Yuta of the Blackpool Combat Club and FTR. The show also featured the Collision in-ring debuts of both Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho as well as Julia Hart and The Righteous in action ahead of their respective WrestleDream matches.

Unfortunately, Wrestlenomics reports that the September 30th, 2023 episode of Collision garnered the lowest viewership in the show’s 16-week history so far. The show drew an average of just 327,000 viewers, with 106,000 of those in the 18-49 demographic. This is an astonishing decrease of 42% in overall viewership and a 54% loss in 18-49 viewers from last week’s episode – which was the highest-viewed Collision episode in almost two months.

Both total and 18-49 viewership peaked during the fourth quarter-hour with 394,000 viewers and 120,000 of those in the 18-49 demographic. Matches and segments featured in that quarter-hour include Julia Hart vs. Vertvixen, the post-match angle between Hart and Kris Statlander, the Claudio Castagnoli vs. Josh Barnett video package, and the start of Chris Jericho & Kenny Omega vs. The Gates of Agony. Interestingly, this quarter-hour saw an impressive 25% increase in overall viewership versus the previous one.

It’s key to note that Collision went head-to-head with both WWE NXT No Mercy as well as college football programming, which has no doubt impacted viewership figures. The show began with 411,000 viewers on average, 151,000 of those were part of the 18-49 demo, and ended with 315,000, with 105,000 of those being 18-49 viewers.

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