AEW Collision presented the first match between MJF and Kenny Omega this past Saturday but could not hold up against a heavy night of sports competition.
The audience fell by 9% this week while the 18-49 viewership dropped by 17% including females in the key demo decreasing from 70,000 to 51,000.
The largest decline was among the 18-34 demographic, decreasing by 26% from last week with females dropping from 32,000 to 22,000 and males falling from, 54,000 to 42,000.
Adults 35-54 saw an 11% drop, although men in the demo only had a small loss of 5% from the prior week.
It was a loaded night with Collision airing against Game 2 of the World Series and three college football games.
The Texas Rangers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks averaged 8,153,000 viewers and a 1.55 demo rating on Fox while Colorado vs. UCLA averaged 5,950,000 and 1.41, Ohio State vs. Wisconsin had 4,865,000 and 1.05, and Tennessee vs. Kentucky averaged 2,509,000 and 0.61 in head-to-head competition with Collision.
Collision included a 30+ minute match between MJF and Kenny Omega, which was announced three nights earlier with the story of Omega trying to stop MJF from topping his record as the longest-reigning champion in the promotion’s history.
This Saturday’s episode of Collision will not air head-to-head with WWE Crown Jewel, but will be airing on the same day and that did affect the July 1 episode of Collision when it aired on the same day as Money in the Bank from London, England.
In October, Collision averaged 462,000 viewers and 173,000 in the 18-49 demographic, which includes one episode beginning at 7 p.m. ET on October 7 on the same night as WWE Fastlane. Overall viewership compared with September saw a 6% increase while the demo was up by 2%.