It got bounced around the schedule, and ended up airing after an NBA playoff game that didn’t tipoff until 9 p.m. Eastern. The one hour Late Night Dynamite wasn’t loaded up with AEW top stars, either. But it did have the #DemoGod on commentary.
Seems like that was enough.
Okay, a great game pitting LeBron James & the L.A. Lakers against an exciting young Denver Nuggets teams and a fanbase that’s proven they’ll follow Tony Khan’s product no matter where TNT moves in certainly didn’t hurt. But you know Chris Jericho is taking credit for this.
The Sept. 22, which started at 12:38 p.m. on the East Coast, drew 585,000 viewers. The impressive numbers were in the ratings, where Late Night Dynamite scored a .26 in the 18 - 49 year old demo. That was good enough to land in the top ten of cable originals on the night. It was also a better number than all but one of the last six episodes of AEW’s regular Wednesday night rival, WWE NXT. Only the Sept. 1 episode, which ran unopposed by Dynamite on a Tuesday night with an Iron Man championship match featuring the brand’s biggest stars, was able to match that .26.
Now, again, the basketball lead-in can’t be discounted. Almost five million people watched the Nuggets beat the Lakers in Game 3 to make a series of the Western Conference Finals. It was the top show on cable and third overall when you include the broadcast networks. The post-game edition of Inside The NBA that led into Late Night Dynamite had 1.74 million viewers.
While beating NXT (again) is nice, the big questions are whether AEW grabbed new viewers after the game, and if those viewers will join them on Wednesdays.
Time will tell on that. In the meantime, check out our recap and review of Late Night Dynamite here.
Source: Showbuzz Daily