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AEW Collision’s Late-Night Success: Ratings Climb Amidst WrestleMania Weekend

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“AEW Collision” achieved a significant viewership milestone on Saturday, navigating a late-night slot to its best performance since early February, amidst the buzz of WrestleMania weekend.

Key Highlights

  • The show aired at an unusual time, 11:48 PM, due to NCAA Men’s Basketball but capitalized on the situation.
  • Viewership reached 463K, with a notable 36% increase in the 18-49 demographic from the previous week.
  • This episode became the highest-rated “Collision” since the February 10 episode.
  • Notable matches included FTR’s victory securing a title match with the Young Bucks and Penta El Zero Miedo gearing up for a TNT Championship challenge.

Why It Matters

The success of “AEW Collision” in this specialized slot underscores the show’s resilient appeal, even when faced with significant competition like WrestleMania and major sporting events. Moreover, this indicates a growing interest in AEW’s narratives and characters amidst wrestling’s showcase season.


The positive movement in viewership, especially in the crucial 18-49 demographic, suggests that AEW is effectively capturing the attention of younger audiences. This is paramount in today’s fragmented media environment where live sports and entertainment contend fiercely for viewers’ time.

The strategic placement following the NCAA post-game coverage worked as a strong lead-in, debunking the notion that AEW suffers directly against WWE’s premier events. It also encourages AEW to possibly explore unconventional air times for future events, harnessing unique audience dynamics.

Looking Forward

As AEW continues to build momentum from this unexpected success, all eyes will be on how the promotion leverages its growing viewership. The outcomes and storylines following “Collision” might set the tone for AEW’s narrative direction leading up to “Dynasty.”

How do you think AEW can capitalize on its late-night success moving forward? Share your thoughts below.

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