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AEW Dynamite Viewership Down For New Year’s Smash Episode

Last week’s Holiday Bash episode of Dynamite was able to draw a total of 1.020 million viewers, while this past Wednesday’s New Year’s Smash Dynamite was able to draw a total of 975,000 viewers, Showbuzz Daily and Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics reports.

This total is down 4.41% from last week’s AEW Dynamite episode, which drew a 0.37 rating in the 18-49 key demo. This past Wednesday night’s rating of 0.37 is equal with last week’s 0.37 rating in the key 18-49 demo. Last Wednesday’s 0.37 rating in the 18-49 key demographic represents around 485,000 total viewers that watched last Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite episode from that demo. This is up 1.04% from last week’s 480,000 total viewers in the 18-49 key demo.

Last Wednesday night’s live New Year’s Smash AEW Dynamite episode from Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida featured the return of WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross, CM Punk’s in-ring segment, Christian Cage, Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus) and the AEW World Tag Team Champions the Lucha Brothers (Penta El Zero Miedo and Rey Fenix) vs. Hardy Family Office (Matt Hardy, Isiah Kassidy and Marq Quen) and AAA World Tag Team Champions FTR (Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood), Jade Cargill vs. Thunder Rosa in an AEW TBS Title Tournament Semi-Finals Matchup, Eddie Kingston, Santana and Ortiz vs. 2point0’s Matt Lee and Jeff Parker and Daniel Garcia and Adam Cole, Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly vs. Orange Cassidy, Chuck Taylor and Trent of Best Friends, which was the main event.

The viewership number of this past Wednesday night’s New Year’s Smash episode of Dynamite, which drew the best viewership since October 27, was down 0.20% from the same week in 2020, which battled NXT in head-to-head ratings competition at the time, while the key 18-49 demo rating was down 7.50% from the same week in 2020 and that week’s episode was the Brodie Lee Celebration of Life special.

Last Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite ranked #4 for the night on the Cable Top 150, with a 0.37 rating in the 18-49 key demo, which is down from last week’s #2 ranking. This past Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite episode ranked #30 in viewership for the night on cable, which is down from last week’s #26 ranking.

AEW Dynamite drew a total of 46.374 million viewers over 52 episodes in 2021 and that includes Friday and Saturday night episodes, which is an average of about 891,810 viewers per episode, while Dynamite averaged a rating of 0.34 in the 18-49 key demographic in 2021. To compare, the average viewership in 2021 is up 10% from the 810,755 viewers that Dynamite averaged per episode last year over 53 episodes and down 1.27% from the 903,333 viewers that Dynamite averaged per episode in 2019 over 12 episodes.

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