Tony Khan packs as much action as he can into AEW’s weekly shows, but sometimes he needs a bit of extra time. It appears that is no issue for All Elite Wrestling, because they are granted overruns whenever they need them. There is a very good reason for that.
The fact that AEW Dynamite has so many overruns has provided insights into the dynamic between the company and TBS. On the Thanksgiving Eve episode of AEW Dynamite, which aired on November 22nd, viewership increased compared to the previous week.
While the main show attracted 845,000 viewers, the overrun segment managed to retain an audience of around 666,000. The decline in viewership during the overrun is attributed to unplanned circumstances, particularly DVRs failing to record the extra segment.
These revelations came to light as Dave Meltzer discussed the relationship between AEW and TBS on Wrestling Observer Radio. It appears that Tony Khan and Turner have a very good relationship right now.
“The deal is it’s because it’s not planned. This was not planned to go seven minutes long, but the way the show was going… and it really speaks a lot about Tony’s relationship with TBS. Because essentially, the show’s running late, ‘Hey, can we have seven extra minutes?’, and it’s like, ‘Yes, you can’, at the last minute. And yeah you pay the price on the DVR viewership, but you get to finish the show.
“The fact that they can do it on the fly… Raw used to have that power to do it on the fly if they needed to because they were such a highly rated show.
“Again, it shows… a lot of people who think this show’s not doing well and blah blah blah, this is another example that TBS is (supporting AEW)… and even for Collision they’ve done it, more than once.”
Only time will tell what is next for AEW. It is a good thing that Tony Khan seems to be in this kind of situation with his network, because anything can help him at this point. He certainly has the ability to keep his show on the air by a few additional minutes.
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