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Dynamite tops Raw in the key demo rating for the first time ever with the arrival of Bryan Danielson

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The ratings and viewership data are in for last night’s (Sept. 8) episode of AEW Dynamite.

Per ShowBuzzDaily, Dynamite netted 1,319,000 viewers for a 0.52 rating point in the 18-49 demographic. The numbers are a huge increase from last week’s results of 1,047,000 and 0.37 in these respective metrics. Dynamite ranked number one in the key demo rating on cable last night.

Wrestlenomics’ Brandon Thurston notes this is the first time that Dynamite has ever beaten WWE’s Raw in the same week for viewers in the key demo:

This week’s episode of Dynamite was the All Out fallout show, featuring the Wednesday night arrivals of Bryan Danielson, Adam Cole, and Ruby Soho. It was a smashing success for AEW, resulting in their best ratings and viewership since Dynamite’s premiere episode in October 2019.

Ever since rumors popped up in July that CM Punk and Daniel Bryan were coming to AEW, a lot of pro wrestling fans pointed to the fall season as the time when Dynamite might surpass Raw in the key demo rating. It’s finally happened, and now the NFL’s Monday Night Football is set to kick off next week opposite Raw.

Maybe Tony Khan knew what he was talking about when he said this is a new era for AEW. Do you sense that we’ve reached or are approaching a turning point, Cagesiders?

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.