AEW Dynamite Takes Big Hit In Total Viewership For First Show Of May

Wednesday's episode of "AEW Dynamite" featured a well-promoted main event featuring a consistent ratings draw, as AEW World Champion MJF teamed with Sammy Guevara against "Jungle Boy" Jack Perry and Darby Allin, but it did not appear to have a great effect on the show's viewership as a whole. According to reports from ShowBuzzDaily and Wrestlenomics, the May 3 "Dynamite" averaged 776,000 viewers across its two hours (down 10% from last week), approximately 365,000 of which were in the "key demo" most valued by advertisers, adults aged 18 to 49 (flat with the week prior).

The latter figure translates to a 0.28 rating in 18 to 49, which earned "Dynamite" eighth place among ShowBuzzDaily's rankings of Wednesday's cable originals. Among shows that weren't NBA or NHL playoff coverage, it came in third, behind Bravo's "Vanderpump Rules" and "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen."

For a bigger picture look at Wednesday's ratings, the Wrestlenomics Patreon page compares this week's "Dynamite" viewership across various demographics to the median of the prior four weeks. By that metric, the total viewership, which was the lowest since June 15, was down by the same percentage from last week — 10% — while the key demo saw no change from the median. The most positive signs came in male viewers aged 12 to 34 (up 9%) and men aged 18 to 49 (up 5%), but the rest of the news was not so good. The biggest percentage drop came in female viewers aged 12 to 34, which was down 35% from its recent surge, followed by adults aged 50+ and all viewers outside the 18 to 49 age range, both of which saw a 17% decrease. Women aged 18 to 49 also took a bit of a hit, dropping 13% from the median.