In the wake of AEW's grand celebration of its 200th "Dynamite" episode, recent ratings data suggests a slight hiccup in viewership for the wrestling giant. Industry-insider outlet, Wrestlenomics, reported that "AEW Dynamite" witnessed a 5% slide in overall viewership, amassing 846,000 viewers, of which 378,000 were from the key 18-49 age group.
This indicates a 7% decline from the previous episode's figures. Notably, the 200th-episode festivities seemed to retain their audience from the previous week but failed to mirror those numbers this week.
Dynamite Leads Amid NXT Surge
Despite this dip, "Dynamite" secured its spot as the top pick among original cable television programs.
This news is all the more significant considering WWE NXT's ratings surge — the highest in over two years. The gap between "Dynamite" and "NXT" this week was a mere 70,000 viewers on average. Wrestlenomics further shed light on the quarter-hour viewership details on their Patreon platform.
The episode's zenith was the inaugural segment that hinted at the end of the Jericho Appreciation Society. Wrestling aficionados also tuned in to witness the much-anticipated AEW debut of the former ECW Champion, Rob Van Dam.
Van Dam took on Jack Perry for the FTW Championship in a riveting clash, with Perry retaining his title amidst a swirl of controversy. When it came to the P18-49 segment, the promo between AEW World Champion MJF and Adam Cole garnered the most eyeballs.
Conversely, the episode's climax involving AEW Women's World Champion Hikaru Shida and Anna Jay saw a significant drop, especially in the key demographic, plummeting by a notable 10% from the preceding quarter-hour. Wrestling analysts might find it intriguing that AEW's peak viewership moment (the Jericho Appreciation Society segment) only surpassed "NXT's" peak moment by a slim margin of around 20,000.
NXT's pinnacle was the intense match where Dominik Mysterio, backed by his legendary father, Rey Mysterio, successfully retained the "NXT" North American Championship against Dragon Lee. The continuing tug-of-war for ratings supremacy between AEW and WWE NXT ensures that wrestling enthusiasts are in for a treat as both brands pull out all stops to enthrall their audiences.