Collision is AEW’s new offering on Saturday night and it debuted to much fanfare on June 17th as CM Punk returned to the company.
That show saw Punk open up the new show in his hometown of Chicago to a rapturous reception before he joined FTR in the main event to defeat Juice Robinson, Samoa Joe, and Jay White in a trios match.
Wrestlenomics has now reported the ratings for the 24th of June show, which took place the night before Forbidden Door. That edition of Collision averaged 595,000 viewers and achieved a 0.21 rating in the coveted 18-49 demo. The debut episode of the show averaged 816,000 viewers and received a 0.33 rating in the 18-49 demo.
The difference represented a week-on-week fall of 27% in total viewership and a 37% dip in the demo rating. For context, the difference between the first and second episodes of Dynamite in 2019 saw a fall of 28% in the total viewership and 32% in the key demo. The difference in both metrics was a 36% fall between the second and third episodes of Rampage in 2021 – with the second and third being used as the second episode of the show was the highest rated as it played host to CM Punk’s AEW debut.
In the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer noted that TNT had been averaging between 0.11 and 0.14 in the same time slot before Collision debuted. So the dip still shows an increase in performance in the timeslot for the network which could serve AEW well.