Vice’s Dark Side of the Ring wrapped up its second season last night (May 19) with “The Final Days of Owen Hart”. And at this point, a third season seems like a safe bet. The episode delivered the best ratings in the show’s history.
349,000 people watched as Martha Hart told her side of the story behind her husband’s tragic death at WWF Over the Edge, and its aftermath. The .18 rating among 18 - 49 year olds placed Dark Side of the Ring 31st in the ranking of cable originals which aired on Tuesday night.
Both numbers were well ahead of any of the WWE programming on FS 1. Two episodes of the Ruthless Aggression documentary series placed in the top 150: the 10 p.m. Eastern airing drew 214,000 viewers and .06 rating, the 11 p.m one 177K and a .05. WWE Backstage did not make the cut-off for inclusion in the numbers reported by outlets like Showbuzz Daily; meaning it had a rating below .02. Ditto for AXS’ Impact Wrestling.
It’s not an apples-to-apples comparison, but AEW Dark currently has a little more than 200,000 views on YouTube, unofficially making Dark Side of the Ring the most watched wrestling show that debuted on May 19.
The Owen Hart episode outdrew the second season opener on the Chris Benoit tragedy, which with an audience of 320,000 and a .14 rating had been the highest rated show in Vice history. Overall, the nine episode season averaged 265K viewers and a .12 rating.
Nothing’s definite, but if you wanted to start making your season three wish list of topics, some of those wishes might come true.