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AEW Dynamite Draws Under 600,000 Viewers, Beaten By SmackDown Replay

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The latest Saturday night edition of AEW Dynamite pulled in less than 600,000 viewers, losing out to a replay of Friday Night SmackDown in the head-to-head ratings.

As reported by Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics, the October 23rd episode of AEW Dynamite drew a total of 575,000 viewers. This figure is significantly down from the 727,000 viewers that tuned into watch the show the previous week in the same unfamiliar time slot.

The most recent two episodes of the show have aired on Saturday instead of Wednesday as a result of TNT broadcasting the start of the new NHL season. Dynamite returns to it’s usual home on Wednesday’s on October 27th.

In the much-analysed 18-49 year-old demographic the show drew a rating of 0.22, which equates to 288,000 viewers. This is again down from the previous week.

The most recent episode of AEW Dynamite went head-to-head with a replay of SmackDown from October 22nd. The encore of Friday Night SmackDown was shown on FOX and pulled in 632,000 viewers, with 212,000 of those in the 19-49 year-old demographic. A rating of 0.16.

The main event of AEW Dynamite saw Cody Rhodes finally overcome Malakai Black. The demonic Dutchman had seen off Rhodes in their previous two meetings, but this time the American Nightmare was determined things would be different.

During the bout, the two men went to war with tables, chairs, blood and even a trademark Arn Anderson Spinebuster making an appearance. Rhodes eventually picked up the win, delivering a devastating Tiger Driver in the middle of the ring.

On SmackDown the show opened with Brock Lesner causing chaos after being called out by Roman Reigns. Lesnar attacked everyone and everything that wasn’t nailed down, eventually being suspended for his actions. Not that he took the news from Adam Pearce quietly, hitting two F-5’s on the authority figure on his way out. While the show closed with the controversial title exchange between Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair.

The exchanging of the Raw and SmackDown Women’s Title’s went far from smoothly and reportedly caused much unrest backstage between everyone involved.