AEW Dynamite Beaten By WWE SmackDown Replay In Ratings; Only 600,000 Viewers

AEW Dynamite Set
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Before AEW Dynamite moved back to its traditional Wednesday night, it had a final foray on Saturday – which didn’t end well with it getting less viewers than a reply of WWE SmackDown.

In a report by Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics, the total rating for Dynamite on 25th October came in at 575,000 viewers. With the show having been on Saturday in recent weeks, this was a significant decrease from seven days before which registered as 727,000 despite the unfamiliar timeslot.

The most recent edition of SmackDown was shown by FOX at the same time, featuring all of the fallout from Crown Jewel with the blue brand’s presentation originally place on 22nd October. This show took in 632,000 viewers, with 212,000 of those in the 18-49 year-old demographic, meaning a rating of 0.16.

Drilling in to the AEW Dynamite ratings, they managed to draw a rating of 0.22 for 18-49-year-olds, which equates to 288,000 viewers. Again, this was down on what they had managed to achieve just seven days prior.

Dynamite featured a trilogy fight main event where Cody Rhodes was finally able to pick up a victory over Malakai Black. From their first two encounters, the Dutchman had been victorious although this time it was different including The American Nightmare having some help from his coach Arn Anderson.

Rhodes was able to pick up the victory following a Tiger Driver on Black. In recent weeks, some have criticised the motives of Anderson at Rhodes’ side.

In contrast, WWE SmackDown utilised Crown Jewel and the fallout from Roman Reigns successfully defending the Universal Championship against Brock Lesnar. The successful defence came about after referee Charles Robinson had been taken out during an F5 attempt.

There was also confusion around Paul Heyman throwing the belt into the ring, however an interference from The Usos and a title shot from Reigns was enough to get the win.

On SmackDown, ‘The Beast Incarnate’ took out everyone in sight, including hitting two F5’s on WWE official Adam Pearce after being told he was indefinitely suspended.