AEW Collision Drops More Than 200,000 Viewers From Debut

AEW Collision

The debut episode of AEW Collision on June 17th was viewed as a roaring success with CM Punk returning to action and the show pulling in more than 800,000 viewers.

However, there naturally remained questions over whether this interest could be maintained, with many expecting average viewership to fall as the show becomes more established.

As reported by Wrestlenomics, the June 24th episode of the show drew an average of 595,000 viewers, which is a drop of 237,000 from the previous week. The show scored a 0.21 rating in the 18-49-year-old demographic which is down from the 0.33 recorded on debut.

The show was headlined by a huge eight-man tag team match which saw Jay White, Juice Robinson, and The Gunns defeat Ricky Starks, FTR, and CM Punk.

Elsewhere there were wins for Hiroshi Tanahashi, Andrade El Idolo, and Powerhouse Hobbs, while Willow Nightingale defeated Nyla Rose to advance in the Owen Hart Tournament.

AEW Finds Success With Forbidden Door

Collision took place just 24 hours before AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door which has been heavily praised by fans. The show featured the best of AEW taking on the bets of NJPW, with two matches, in particular, earning significant praise.

In the main event, Kazuchika Okada lost out to Bryan Danielson despite the American Nightmare suffering a broken arm during the match.

Earlier in the night, Will Ospreay overcame Kenny Omega in a bloody war to regain the IWGP United States Title.

Speaking after the event, Tony Khan revealed that the event was the biggest live gate in AEW history and the third-largest wrestling gate in Canadian history.