AEW Suffers a Setback After the Disappointing Blood and Guts Match

Published 05/14/2021, 8:15 AM EDT


AEW presented the aftermath of Blood and Guts this week on Dynamite. The show featured a stacked card with three huge title matches as Jon Moxley, The Young Bucks, and Darby Allin defended their respective titles! Despite all this, this week’s AEW Dynamite did significantly fewer viewers than the previous week.

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AEW Dynamite viewership drops below a million

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All Elite Wrestling made history last week as they presented their first-ever Blood and Guts Match. All in all, it was a fun match and show, but a lot of production errors and commercials brought down its grandeur. However, the show still managed to top the key demos and saw an average viewership of 1.09M viewers!

Everyone expected Dynamite to draw the same average viewers or even more after Blood and Guts last week. Sadly, that wasn’t to be.

Bryan Alvarez of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter revealed AEW Dynamite averaged 936,000 viewers and saw a 0.31 rating in the 18-49 demo. This is down from last week’s 0.42 rating that made the No. 1 on cable in the said demo.

AEW Dynamite does not have competition from WWE NXT anymore. The first episode of Dynamite, following NXT’s move to Tuesday, saw it’s second-best viewership numbers since its debut on TNT. The show did 1.219M viewers.

Dynamite dabbled in the million for another week but went under 900K viewers on the Dynamite prior to Blood and Guts.

Luckily, the hype for Blood and Guts brought in huge numbers for AEW, and the show crossed a million viewers again. However, the botches and amateur production of the show sent a bad message to the fans as the show dropped under a million viewers. The drop was apparent not just in viewers but also in key demos.

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AEW Dynamite is a terrific wrestling show and has given fans some iconic moments in its short history. In fact, there are no doubts Dynamite creative gives it their all to write a compelling weekly wrestling show.

However, what they lack at times is seamless execution. If they get that right, Dynamite could do a million viewers consistently!

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Ishan Chavan

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Ishan Chavan is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Being a Journalism graduate, Ishan has over six years of experience in the Media Production Industry, having worked with Viacom 18's streaming platform, Voot. A wrestling fan since childhood, Ishan's favorite wrestlers are Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, and Chris Jericho as he feels these three have the perfect blend of wrestling and promo skills, especially Jericho.

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