AEW brought a new two-hour show to TNT every Saturday night, and fans’ viewership hasn’t been stellar. Now, it appears that viewership numbers might have been a big higher than they first thought.

Given that the recently launched AEW Collision airs on Saturday nights, it is expected that the ratings would experience a significant increase when considering delayed viewing through DVR and on-demand platforms. While the primary purpose of TV ratings is to determine ad rates, the total viewership, including delayed viewing, provides valuable insight for a wrestling promotion to assess overall popularity.

A notable example is the ratings decline for AEW Rampage, which appears less severe when factoring in delayed viewing. It seems that viewership numbers were a bit higher than first reported.

According to a recent report from Wrestling Observer Radio, the viewership of AEW Rampage increases by approximately 50 percent when accounting for delayed viewing. This contrasts with the 15 to 20 percent range typically seen for AEW Dynamite, WWE Raw, and WWE SmackDown. However, a report from Pro Wrestling Torch indicates that Collision has seen delayed viewing increases more aligned with the range of Dynamite.


For the debut episode of Collision on June 17th, which initially averaged 816,000 viewers live/same day, an additional 120,000 viewers were added after three days, resulting in a total of 936,000 viewers. After seven days, another 16,000 viewers were added, bringing the total to 952,000 viewers, representing a 17 percent increase. In comparison, that week’s Dynamite saw a 16 percent increase after seven days.

The second episode of Collision on June 24 had a live plus same-day count of 595,000 viewers, which increased by 97,000 viewers after three days, totaling 692,000 viewers, a 16 percent increase. During the same three-day window, Dynamite experienced a 10 percent increase. When comparing the premiere and the following week, the premiere saw a 15 percent increase after three days, while Dynamite had a 12 percent increase using the same metric. The impact of delayed viewing on last week’s Collision, which saw ratings decline to Rampage levels in live plus same day viewing, is yet to be seen.

AEW Collision will continue, and it seems that Tony Khan has plans for his new show. CM Punk and the House of Black are also Collision exclusive stars, so that only adds more appeal for the Saturday night show.

We will have to see how much longer AEW Collision will work on Saturday nights, do you think the show is doomed for failure? Sound off in the comments!

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