AEW Dynamite made its debut on October 2019 and since then has strived to providing an alternate product to what fans see in WWE. For the most part it has succeeded, but there is still a lot of room for improvement.
During the Wednesday Night Wars between AEW Dynamite and NXT, AEW Dynamite would end up defeating NXT in ratings for the majority of the weeks until it came to an end when NXT was moved to Tuesdays last month.
While speaking on his Grilling JR podcast, WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross addressed AEW Dynamite’s ‘Blood & Guts’ special getting over a million viewers and being the #1 ranked cable show. Jim Ross then revealed that the company is very meticulous when it comes to ratings and every single minute is measured.
“When you do a weekly show, you get measured every week. The countdown starts after your last rating. Then you’re wondering about, can you build this audience, can we maintain this audience, what’s it going to look like if we don’t do north of a million viewers again. Then people start worrying about it and you do the show and a lot of folks don’t understand the ratings situation. AEW is a ratings driven show because we’re licensed by a T.V. company. I guarantee every minute of every show is measured, every minute!”
AEW will continue to monitor its ratings and address the various flaws present in the product so that they can improve in the aspects necessary. With AEW moving to TBS next year, it’s likely the product will improve and that will reflect in the ratings.
h/t to Wrestling Inc for the quotes.