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Warner Bros Discovery seems pretty happy with AEW

The wrestling company’s shows were singled out in a press release heralding TNT & TBS’ 2023 ratings success.


AEW’s media rights deal with Warner Bros Discovery is up at the end of this year, so a lot of people in and around the wrestling business are looking for signs of where Tony Khan’s shows will air/stream next year, how much they’ll get paid for them, and whether pro wrestling is part of WBD’s future plans.

This press release the David Zaslav-run media conglomerate issued today about their 2023 ratings success makes a point to shout out Dynamite, Rampage & Collision... which can’t be a bad sign.

Off the top, AEW is mentioned alongside the NBA and NHL as live telecasts that helped “TNT grow its prime ratings by 14 percent among Adults 25-54”. That point then gets its own bullet point later on under the header, “2023 performance highlights for brands in the US Networks at Warner Bros. Discovery”. That reads:

TNT’s ratings among Adults 25-54 grew 14 percent year-over-year, with the network maintaining its rank as the #1 cable entertainment network in prime among Adults 25-54, 18-49 and 18-34. Popular AEW Dynamite, AEW Collision and AEW Rampage reached nearly four million viewers each week across TNT and TBS. In addition, TNT’s coverage of the 2023-24 NBA regular season to date is up 13 percent among Adults 25-54 (Q4’23 vs. Q4’22), while the 2023-24 NHL regular season to date is up 53 percent among Adults 25-54 (Q4’23 vs. Q4’22).

Doesn’t sound like how you’d ditch a business partner. But that doesn’t mean you’re looking to give them a big raise in their next contract though.

We’ll see how this plays out over the next several months. You can read the full presser from WBD here.

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