AEW brought a hyped episode of Collision for fans this week, and they kicked off the series with a few big matches. CM Punk and FTR closed out the night by celebrating in Chicago, but how did the viewership turn out?

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Wrestlenomics reports that the June 17th premiere episode of AEW Collision brought in 816,000 viewers, with a .30 in the 18 to 49 demographic.

AEW debuted the highly anticipated premiere episode of Collision at the United Center in Chicago on Saturday, captivating the audience with an array of thrilling matches and segments. The highlight of the night was the long-awaited return of CM Punk, who kicked off the show with a passionate promo that even included a little shady reference to the Young Bucks.


PW Insider noted that the morale backstage for the show was good as well.

Backstage after the show, we are told it was pretty much positive across the board to the first episode and that the feeling was that it hit the mark in trying to feel different from Dynamite. I actually thought it was one of the best AEW TV presentations in a long time from a live perspective.  The main event six man tag was noteworthy in that it was the first time Samoa Joe and CM Punk wrestled since 2005 and it had as close to a 2023 feel for an All Japan or NOAH style six man tag as I can recall in recent memory.  It really was something special live.

We will have to see what AEW does in the future to attract interest for AEW programming, but it seems that Collision is off ot a good start.

The trick will be for AEW to continue this momentum, however that is possible. If ticket sales for future AEW Collision episodes is any indication of things, they have a lot of work to do.

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