AEW Dynamite’s debut exceeded a lot of expectations. The weeks since have seen a drop in viewership, but AEW was expecting that.
While speaking to TV Insider, Matt Jackson revealed how they felt about garnering 1.4 million viewers for their debut episode on TNT. It was much higher than the 400,000 to 500,000 that some were expecting.
In the end, if they can keep a million viewers a week then they’d be thrilled with that result.
“I heard the expectations were possibly in the 400 or 500,000 range. The fact we crossed a million was great. I think opening we expected a big number. I don’t know if we expected the number, we got in 1.4. Of course, a week or two after there will always be a drop. We expected that.”
“If we can keep around a million, we’d be thrilled. That would be amazing. We’re such a brand-new thing for them. The next week is tough with Major League Baseball, NBA coming up. We understand that. This whole thing is a whirlwind. We are thrilled right now. And of course, you think about the other wrestling playing that night. And you want to best them, and the fact we are is great. We are also not taking that for granted because they have a great show too. Right now, we have one step foot forward and think about our brand, our television show and making it the best we can make it.”
We’ll have to see how things progress from this point on. It seems that AEW has the edge on the Wednesday Night War against NXT, but you can never discount WWE’s ability to pull attention over to the USA Network on a dime.