How did watching AEW Dynamite perform against the NBA Finals?

“AEW Dynamite” featured some news content on its show this week and thanks to that, the show stood alone in the face of what was considered a major rating powerhouse in the NBA Finals.

According to Wrestlenomics, episode 6/8 of “Dynamite” was watched by an average of 939,000 viewers. Compared to last week’s post-Double or Nothing episode, the show saw a 3% drop in total viewership.

The major demographic saw a significant decline with 444,000 audiences in the 18-49 age group (0.34, P18-49). This is down 14% from the previous week’s figure of 517K. All considered, “Dynamite” ranked #1 in major demographics for original cable origins, and for all airtime, it ranked #8.

“Dynamite” had to tackle the NBA as the Boston Celtics faced the Golden State Warriors in Game Three of the NBA Finals. That game had 3.65 at P18-49 and 11.5 million views. Dynamite may not have had a shot against the game itself, but it beat out the pre-game festivities on ESPN with an average audience of 36,000.

If we look at the past year, we will find that the numbers are a bit skewed. “Dynamite” aired on Friday last year at this time due to the TNT broadcast of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night. All of this in mind, the 6/11/2021 episode of “Dynamite” had an average audience of 487,000, making last night’s episode that much bigger with a 452,000 increase in viewership.

AEW had to redirect its course after last week when the World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk, revealed he had suffered an injury that required surgery. Punk didn’t have to give up the title, as it was announced that a temporary champ had been named AEW Forbidden Door. The foundation was laid with this week’s episode of “Dynamite” where they had Casino Battle Royale kick off the show. The winner went on to face Jon Moxley at the end of the evening for the right to fight in the PPV. This lucky wrestler Kyle O’Reilly ended up losing to Moxley after having a typical bout.

Also on the show, we saw the unveiling of a new title in AEW: the Pan-Atlantic Championship. Buddy Matthews and PAC competed in the opening round of that tournament as PAC was the first fighter to advance in the competition.

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