Last week’s New Year’s Smash Dynamite episode was able to draw a total of 975,000 viewers, while last Wednesday night’s TBS premiere episode of Dynamite was able to draw a total of 1.010 million viewers, Showbuzz Daily and Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics reports.
This total is up 3.59% from last week’s New Year’s Smash episode of AEW Dynamite, which drew a rating of 0.43 in the 18-49 key demo. Last Wednesday’s 0.43 rating is up 16.21% from last week’s 0.37 rating in the key 18-49 demo. Last Wednesday’s rating of 0.43 in the 18-49 key demographic represents around 560,000 total viewers that watched this past Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite episode from that demo. This is up 15.46% from last week’s 485,000 total viewers in the 18-49 key demo.
This past Wednesday’s live TBS premiere episode of Dynamite from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey featured AEW World Champion “Hangman” Adam Page putting his AEW World Championship on the line against Bryan Danielson, Malakai Black battling Brian Pillman Jr. in a one-on-one match, Jade Cargill taking on Ruby Soho in the finals of the AEW TBS Championship Tournament and Lucha Brothers (Penta El Zero Miedo and Rey Fenix) defending the AEW World Tag Team Titles against Jungle Boy and Luchasaurus, which was the main event.
The viewership number of this past Wednesday night’s TBS premiere episode of Dynamite, which drew the best key demo rating since September 29 and was almost equal to the December 22 episode, was up 52.6% from the same week in 2021, which went head-to-head against NXT at the time, while the key 18-49 demo rating was up 72% from the same week in 2021 and that week’s episode was the New Year’s Smash Night 1 show. The 2021 show was the least-watched Wednesday episode of the year as the cable news coverage of the U.S. Capitol riot was All Elite Wrestling’s biggest competition of the night, which would explain the significant increase this year.
Last Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite ranked #2 for the night on the Cable Top 150, with a 0.43 rating in the 18-49 key demo, which is up from last week’s #4 ranking. Last Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite episode ranked #32 in viewership for the night on cable, which is down from last week’s #30 ranking.
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AEW Dynamite last night in its debut on TBS:— Brandon Thurston (@BrandonThurston) January 6, 2022
P18-49: 0.43 rating (about 560,000 viewers)
Details soon: https://t.co/1SscdBkO2y pic.twitter.com/gncMPej7Qm
Highest P18-49 since September 29.— Brandon Thurston (@BrandonThurston) January 6, 2022
Total viewership nearly equal to two weeks ago (1,020,000).
Updated P18-49 chart below.
Updated report with demo breakdown: https://t.co/ydvoFAxUd5 pic.twitter.com/qFOVZ9z7gQ
P18-34 viewers were 239,000, which is Dynamite’s fourth-highest in the history of the program.— Brandon Thurston (@BrandonThurston) January 6, 2022
It’s also a larger aged 18 to 34 audience than either Raw or Smackdown have done since Smackdown on November 26 recorded 266,000 viewers in the age group.https://t.co/1SscdBCpr8 pic.twitter.com/hCOyQXZujG
Quarter-hours for AEW Dynamite's debut on TBS last night.— Brandon Thurston (@BrandonThurston) January 7, 2022
? Further breakdown across demos: https://t.co/AtqaKwNDl9 pic.twitter.com/GW1crbOTiy
January 7, 2022