AEW Dynamite returned to its regular night with the show finishing fourth among cable originals while dipping beneath one million viewers.
Excluding the two recent episodes on Saturday night, it was the first time Dynamite fell under one million viewers since August 18th and was the show’s lowest average viewership since July 7th.
The 18-49 number held up much stronger as it topped the October 6th edition, which was their last episode on Wednesday night that did 480,000 in the demo.
The key sports competition that AEW faced was Game 2 of the World Series between Houston and Atlanta that did 10,280,000 on Fox and the NBA game between Atlanta and New Orleans that finished third on cable with 1,024,000 viewers and 0.41 in 18-49 (just edging out Dynamite for the third spot and behind the late NBA game on ESPN and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills).
Over the previous four episodes of Dynamite that aired on Wednesday, the show had averaged 1,163,000 and 567,000 (0.44) in 18-49.
Of note, is that this week’s episode included the show airing live across the country including those in the Pacific and Mountain time zones, instead of airing staggered for an optimal viewing time for those time zones. It was expected this would have a minor effect due to the show airing so early in those time zones. This change was made to accommodate TNT’s coverage of NHL hockey.
When comparing with the Wednesday, October 6 episode, this week’s episode was up in all demos monitored by Showbuzz Daily except for Adults 50+ (0.45 to 0.34 this week) and Males 12-34 (0.26 to 0.23).
In Canada, Dynamite averaged 90,000 viewers and 48,000 in the 25-54 demo on TSN 2.