Eric Bischoff has once again blasted the ratings being achieved by AEW, and making it clear WWE won’t be seeing them as a concern.
Starting off with an initial viewership of 1.409 million viewers for the debut edition Dynamite in the Fall of 2019, AEW have made significant in to the 18-49 since that date.
As would be expected, the viewership dropped after an initial spike in interest for a new product. By 2021, the numbers were averaging 891,810 viewers per episode in 2021 and so far this year have increased further to 955,000.
Despite this, former WCW President Eric Bischoff has kept a stance that the figures aren’t impressive, and his latest statement continues in the same vein.
Speaking recently on his Strictly Business podcast, Eric Bischoff addressed the move from WWE to move from a TV-PG rating and back to TV-14. When asked whether this was a response to the popularity of AEW, Bischoff was as scathing as ever about Tony Khan’s product.
It’s not like WWE is losing audience to AEW. AEW is flatter than piss on a plate in terms of television ratings.
With both Raw and SmackDown already achieving viewerships in the region of 1.5 million, Eric Bischoff made it clear that there would be no reason for WWE to react.
It is what it is and WWE is not losing market share to AEW, so why would they react to something that’s not affecting them?
Eric Bischoff is certainly in a position to comment on direct rivalries between wrestling promotions, having taken WCW’s viewership above what WWE was getting during the Monday Night Wars, before Vince McMahon’s behemoth eventually took back over. Bischoff would go on to join WWE, taking the role of Raw General Manager for three years.
With thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.