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AEW Ratings: Dynamite loses another 30K viewers and scores its lowest rating since May

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Pyrotechnics go off as the show begins Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, during All Elite Wrestling Dynamite at Landers Center in Southaven. 010820aewwrestling29

This week’s AEW ratings for Wednesday’s edition of Dynamite saw the upstart promotion land its lowest rating in nearly six months.

After a disappointing start to November that saw AEW Dynamite pull in just 878,000 average viewers, numbers for the promotion’s top show steadily increased in the following weeks and reached a peak of 984,000 viewers just a few weeks ago.

However, the Nov. 24 episode saw a bit of slippage when it lost close to 100,000 viewers from that aforementioned peak. Without a doubt, airing the night before Thanksgiving may have had a notable effect on the number of eyeballs on televisions as many Americans were traveling, or already having pre-holiday get-togethers. So the surprise drop was forgivable.

The AEW Ratings for this week’s Dynamite’s hit a six month low

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Unfortunately, nearly a week removed from any holiday hangover, the ratings for Dynamite did not see a bounce back to 2021 norms, where the show’s numbers would hover around a million viewers. No, the Dec. 1 installment of Dyname actually fell again and drew just 861,000 viewers. A number even lower than the surprise drop seen to begin November

Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics added via his Twitter that the episode’s overall number and the 406,000 viewers that watched in the 18 to 49 demographic were both six-month lows for the show.

It has to be a bit disheartening for the brand that despite not leading into a holiday, and coming off an episode of Dynamite that garnered a great deal of industry buzz for a soon-to-be legendary promo battle between stars CM Punk and MJF that the numbers slid backward again. And did not rebound or at least maintain the previous week’s result.

This week’s Dynamite continued the development in the feud between MJF and CM Punk, featured a rare in-ring performance for wrestling icon Sting — in a tag match — and a main event pitting promotion co-founder Cody Rhodes versus Mexican talent Andrade El Idolo.

The headlining bout featured a spot where Rhodes used a top rope maneuver to put his opponent through a flaming table. A clip of the wild bout ending move (which can be viewed in the video above) made the rounds on social media, and AEW has to hope it pulls some fans that did not watch Dynamite to Friday’s episode of Rampage.