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AEW ratings are doing incredibly well even without CM Punk and Daniel Bryan

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AEW Dynamite

On paper, the card for AEW’s “Homecoming” episode of Dynamite didn’t quite measure up to some of the previous July lineups from Fyter Fest and Fight for the Fallen. AEW’s flagship show would surely take a dip in the ratings, no?

Per Wrestlenomics’ Brandon Thurston, last night’s (Aug. 4) Dynamite brought in an hourly average audience of 1,102,000 viewers, with a 0.46 rating in the key 18 to 49 year old demographic. These results once again held steady at an impressive level compared to recent weeks, and even include a very slight uptick in the key demo rating. In fact, the only time Dynamite had a better demo rating than this was for the show’s very first episode in October 2019.

The main event match between Cody Rhodes and Malakai Black, as well as the ensuing retirement angle, was the centerpiece of the show. AEW also heavily promoted the match between Chris Jericho and Juventud Guerrera, while sneaking in a trios match for top stars Jon Moxley and Darby Allin (with a cameo from Sting).

But as my colleague Kyle Decker has been telling me for a while now, the biggest factor in last night’s ratings success is clearly The Blade. Who really needs CM Punk or Daniel Bryan to show up when you already have The Blade on your roster?

Here’s a breakdown of AEW viewership and rating in the 18-49 demo over the last year:

For complete results and this week’s Dynamite live blog click here. To read a recap & review of the night’s events click here. For video highlights of the show click here.