The October 4th 2023 edition of AEW Dynamite celebrated the show’s four-year anniversary and featured the first Dynamite appearance of Adam Copeland aka Edge. Via PWTorch.com, the show ended up drawing 800,000 viewers with a 0.28 rating in the 18-49 demo. The show finished #6 on cable with MLB’s “Wild Card Series” dominating the top spots.
There were issues that potentially affected viewership including audio problems during Adam Cole’s segment with Roderick Strong. In addition to that, AEW President Tony Khan stated the following on Twitter/X prior to Dynamite…
“I’ve been told an issue is affecting TBS listings. For some reason TBS lists tonight’s AEWD ynamite at 4pm ET. The issue is affecting DirecTV + Spectrum customers nationwide, maybe others. The TBS Network DVR listing issue for tonight’s Wednesday Night AEW Dynamite Anniversary is affecting Verizon Fios customers as well, in addition to DirecTV + Spectrum.”
Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics.com wrote the following about the situation via Twitter/X…
”Quarter-hours for last night’s Dynamite show total viewership growth/loss was about normal in QH2 when the Adam Cole/Roderick Strong segment aired with only sound from the arena audible. P18-49 grew 10% throughout that QH, which also contained the end of Fenix vs. Nick Jackson and Wardlow vs. Griff Garrison.
If the audio issues had a serious impact, I’d expect viewership to decline more strongly. P18-49 was up. Total viewership was down slightly, to a normal degree for that quarter, -2%.
When the segment reaired in the following quarter-hour with proper audio, viewership declined 9% and in the demo 7%. The quarter also showed Don Callis backstage; The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn vs. Kip Sabian, Butcher & Blade; the Toni Storm-RJ City segment.”
One week ago, the September 27th 2023 edition of AEW Dynamite drew 855,000 viewers with a 0.28 rating in the 18-49 demo.
The October 5th 2022 edition of AEW Dynamite, which celebrated the show’s three-year anniversary, drew 1.038 million viewers with a 0.33 rating in the 18-49 demo. That show had a 15-minute overrun and finished #2 on cable for the day.
Last night's AEW Dynamite drew an average of 800,000 viewers, down from 855K and 984K last two weeks. Demo rating held at 0.28, same as last week. More at https://t.co/b30cDz6YY1 later. #AEW #AEWDynamite
— Pro Wrestling Torch (@PWTorch) October 5, 2023