WWE Hall of Famer, Eric Bischoff, has weighed in on the looming threat that NCAA Football presents to AEW's "Collision" show, specifically in the area of TV ratings. Sharing his insights on the "83 Weeks" podcast, Bischoff expressed concern regarding AEW's ability to maintain its viewership consistently.
"A couple of weeks back, they managed about 750,000 viewers, but that dipped dramatically to just slightly over 400,000, and that's mainly because of pre-season football. If you ask me, most people aren’t overly passionate about the pre-season," noted Bischoff.
He then went on to emphasize the larger threat looming on the horizon. "If AEW's 'Collision' is this vulnerable to mere pre-season games, imagine what's going to happen when the college football season kicks off in full swing.
The popularity of college football is ever-growing. 'Collision' is in for a major hit," he speculated.
Eric Bischoff Forecasts Collision's Decline
Elaborating on this, Bischoff projected that facing college football directly might see "Collision," pulling in viewership of only 300,000 to 350,000.
"The odds aren't in their favor. I genuinely believe it’s going to be detrimental to their ratings," he commented. There is some data to back Bischoff's concerns. Since its inaugural episode on June 17, "Collision" has witnessed a roller-coaster in its viewership.
The show debuted with an encouraging 816,000 viewers but saw a slump to 452,000 by July 1. However, a silver lining appeared with the July 22 episode, which saw MJF and Adam Cole face FTR, pulling in a respectable 739,000 viewers.
Yet, the show’s ratings hit a nadir of 417,000 on August 5 before picking up marginally to 476,000 on August 12. The real test for "Collision" unfolds this Saturday when it clashes with heavyweight college football games like USC vs.
San José State and Louisiana Tech vs. Florida International. While some matches will conclude before "Collision" starts its broadcast on TNT at 8 pm ET, it remains to be seen whether AEW can hold its own against the behemoth that is NCAA Football, a staple in American sports culture for years.