The opening week of the new NBA season greatly impacted ratings for AEW Dynamite.
As reported by Wrestlenomics, the October 25th episode of Dynamite pulled in 774,000 viewers, scoring a 0.24 rating in the 18-49 year-old demographic.
The figure for total viewers represents a 14.1% drop from the previous week and is the lowest viewership for the show in its regular time slot since June 15th, 2022.
The 18-49-year-old figure is a 22.6% drop from October 18th, equalling the lowest rating in the demographic in the time slot — a record set on June 24th, 2020.
The show’s viewership was hit hard by the return of the NBA for the first time since June. Dynamite ranked sixth on cable sports lists, with the top five shows all related to basketball. When compared to the same week in 2022, viewership was down 22.4%.
What Happened On AEW Dynamite?
The October 25th episode of Dynamite saw the AEW debut of Ric Flair, who was unveiled as Sting’s surprise. The Nature Boy later hinted that this appearance would be the first of many.
Elsewhere on the show, MJF defeated Juice Robinson to win the Dynamite Diamond Ring for the third year in a row. It was also announced that MJF will defend the AEW World Title against Kenny Omega on the October 28th episode of Collision. The star was also challenged to a match at Full Gear by The Gunns. MJF quickly accepted and will defend the ROH World Titles at the event.
Meanwhile, Hook and Rob Van Dam teamed up to see off John Silver and Alex Reynolds, The Young Bucks & Hangman Adam Page defeated The Hardys & Brother Zay to retain the ROH World Trios Titles and Hikaru Shida successfully defended the AEW Women’s Title against Ruby Soho.
In the main event, Bryan Danielson & Claudio Castagnoli defeated Orange Cassidy & Kazuchika Okada.