With competition from cable news coverage, the NBA, and South Park, AEW Dynamite managed to finish first among cable originals on Wednesday.
While the show fell two percent in overall viewers from the week prior, it grew twelve percent in the 18-49 demo along with sizable gains with its female viewership.
Females 18-49 jumped thirty percent this week with women 35-49 growing by twenty percent.
Dynamite topped the NBA game between the Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat, which averaged 1,117,000 viewers and 0.38 in 18-49 for second place on cable. AEW beat the NBA game in 18-49, females 12-34, and adults 25-54. They also beat the late game between Portland and Utah that averaged 760,000 and 0.28 respectively.
Of the top ten cable programs, five were news programs.
In 18-34, Dynamite dropped by one percent and was fourth for the night on cable behind both NBA games and South Park in the category.
The loss of overall viewers is a function of Dynamite’s 50+ audience decreasing to one of its lowest figures in recent memory.
Prior to this week’s show, Dynamite averaged 0.39 in 50+ over nine episodes on TBS this year, this week’s rating in the demo was 0.33.
It was a packed edition of Dynamite following the Revolution pay-per-view and included three championship matches, the debut of Jeff Hardy, a promo from William Regal, and the first time Bryan Danielson & Jon Moxley teamed together.
In Canada, the show averaged approximately 129,000 viewers on TSN 2. It did not finish among the top ten sports broadcasts and we do not have a number for the 25-54 demo.