In a highly anticipated episode of "AEW Dynamite," which marked the thrilling conclusion of the Forbidden Door storyline and also served as the first episode after the return of CM Punk and the season finale of the popular non-sports competition "Vanderpump Rules," the Nielsen ratings for the show captured the attention of industry observers.
The question on everyone's minds was how well did it perform? Based on reports from reputable sources such as the Pro Wrestling Torch and the Twitter and Patreon pages of Wrestlenomics, the June 21 episode of "Dynamite" garnered an impressive average of 902,000 viewers throughout its two-hour runtime on TBS.
This figure represented an eight percent increase from the previous week. Notably, a significant portion of the viewership, approximately 436,000 individuals, fell within the coveted demographic of adults aged 18 to 49, which advertisers highly value.
This key demographic witnessed an 11 percent surge compared to the previous week. The resulting rating of 0.33 in P18-49 matched the debut rating of "AEW Collision" on Saturday night.
Demographic Rating Hits Four-Month High
Remarkably, this key demographic rating achieved by "Dynamite" stands as the highest in four months, harkening back to the episode aired on February 22.
While ShowbuzzDaily's rankings of Wednesday's cable originals were not yet available at the time of writing, it is expected that "Dynamite," which secured the third spot in the rankings last week, will likely emerge at or near the top of the list this time due to the conclusion of "Vanderpump Rules" on Bravo.
For a more comprehensive analysis, the Wrestlenomics Patreon page meticulously tracks how "Dynamite" performs across various demographics in relation to the median ratings of the previous four weeks. Within the margin of error set by Nielsen, most fluctuations were minor.
However, there were two notable exceptions that brought positive news for AEW: women aged 35 to 49 experienced a remarkable 16 percent increase compared to the median, while men in the same age group also surged by an impressive 16 percent.
The exceptional ratings achieved by "AEW Dynamite" on its Forbidden Door go-home show, coupled with the return of CM Punk and the culmination of "Vanderpump Rules," undoubtedly solidified its position as a major force in the wrestling industry.
With the ongoing momentum and the loyal fan base, AEW continues to captivate audiences and make significant strides in its quest to revolutionize professional wrestling.