That’s noteworthy because the WBD’s media rights contract with AEW is up at the end of this year, and there are reports David Zaslav’s company is kicking the tires on a deal with TKO for WWE Raw’s rights — which obviously wouldn’t be great for Tony Khan’s promotion.
And if that was worth noting, then we definitely have to point out that WBD today (Jan. 12) sent out another press release entirely focused on AEW’s performance in the just-completed calendar year.
TBS & TNT All Elite Wrestling Programming Delivered Banner Year
AEW Franchises across Warner Bros. Discovery’s Networks Continue to Deliver Consistent & Top-Ranked Programs
TNT and TBS have wrapped up another stellar year of AEW wrestling across its networks, including consistently delivering top-ranked programs each week while expanding AEW programming in mid-2023 through TNT’s AEW: Collision on Saturdays and continuing to broadcast memorable wrestling moments and storylines through TBS’ AEW: Dynamite on Wednesday nights and TNT’s AEW: Rampage on Friday nights.
AEW programs across TBS and TNT in 2023 ranked in the top 10 of all cable programs among adults under-50 72 times, including 50 times with a top-5 program in that coveted demo.
Viewership of AEW programming on the networks saw increasing momentum as the year culminated, reaching 15.6 million total viewers in Q4 2023, up 3% vs. Q4 2022.
Overall, AEW programming reached nearly four million viewers each week across TNT and TBS.
TBS continued its success into the new year, with this week’s AEW: Dynamite telecast delivering cable’s most-watched live sports program on the night among P25-54, and second-most watched live sports program on the night among P18-49. The program was also up double-digits in both demos vs. last week’s AEW: Dynamite telecast.
WBD’s action-packed AEW programming continues tonight with AEW: Rampage Homecoming at 10 p.m. ET on TNT and tomorrow with AEW: Collision at 8 p.m. ET on TNT. Next Wednesday’s AEW: Dynamite on TBS will feature AEW World Champion Samoa Joe taking on Hook for the title presented by WB Games’ Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League.
In addition to the viewership and ratings hype, even the plug for next week’s show is a mark in AEW’s favor. WBD execs have praised AEW in the past as a great promotional partner, citing their willingness to promote other WBD products and flexibility in doing so. A tie-in between next Wednesday’s World title match and the newest DC Comics video game (which also happens to feature the champ among its voice cast) is another example of that.
So this is all good news for AEW! But it doesn’t include a couple key pieces of information: how much are they willing to pay for this performance in a new deal, and will they turn down a chance to land an admittedly more expensive option that delivers even better ratings?