Hey everyone this is Sam and let’s talk about AEW going on LATE on December 23rd. That’s THIS Wednesday on TNT, readers. Don’t forget! It is after the NBA game. Everyone knew this was going to happen with the NBA season, but they aren’t sure how it will effect AEW ratings.
Last NBA season, it effected it a couple times, so TNT moved AEW to different days. Twice they were moved to Thursdays and their numbers went down slightly. Many fans said they forgot or that they watched it on DVR later. Then once AEW Dynamite was to start at 6:00pm on Saturday while WWE had an NXT: TakeOver on at 7:00 for its kickoff show. The issue developed when the NBA game ran over. AEW couldn’t start on time, so many wrestling had to choose between a special PPV or a regular episode of AEW.
This Wednesday, December 23rd episode, AEW Dynamite might be continuing into December 24th. You know? Christmas Eve? Will that effect viewers? The NBA game will cause a very late start time. AEW is hoping before 10:00, but very well could be afterwards since NBA games do run late sometimes. A lot of fans hate when they don’t know when it will start and they may not be NBA fans.
In Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, he wrote that AEW will likely get a lead-in on December 23rd of well over 2 million viewers thanks to the NBA game. Personally, I think they have to start off with a big name wrestler. No, it doesn’t have to be a big match or even a big storyline. Remember these NBA fans don’t know what’s going on, but they recognize the names. One name is Chris Jericho. I would show off my big gun right at opening.
AEW has present a strong opener because they want to capture those new viewers that are looking in. They want to keep as many of them as long as they can. Plus this coming week will be the first time ever that WWE NXT and AEW Dynamite will be on after each other. So AEW also wants to keep those fans that turn over watching. Again, the issue may be if there’s a big gap between NXT ending and AEW starting because of the NBA game. Many may choose to go to bed.
So this past week’s AEW Dynamite opened up with over a million viewers. 1,010,000 viewers and 512,000 viewers were in the key demographic group that Jericho always is mentioning according to Showbuzz Daily. However, they did not keep all of them throughout the show. AEW ended up with the overnight average of 806,000 viewers. NXT had an overrun for their main event. They gained 115,000 viewers after AEW Dynamite went off the air. Of course, NXT won’t have that this coming week and neither will AEW. No direct competition. So how will they do?
Both shows, in my opinion, do big numbers even though it is the Christmas holidays. I don’t know that NXT goes over 850,000 viewers though. But I do think that AEW Dynamite’s first hour does over a million, but the final number overall isn’t. I think a lot just go onto bed and say I’ll watch the rest of it on DVR.
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