AEW Dynamite has been overtaken by WWE Raw in the 18-49-year-old demographic for the first time in three weeks.
Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics revealed that AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam special drew an average of 1,273,000 viewers with 627,000 of those being in the aged 18 to 49. This gave the show a 0.48 rating. This was just below Raw’s rating of 0.49 in the same demographic, meaning that AEW’s burgeoning streak has come to an end.
However, in better news for AEW, the audience for Grand Slam was up by 98,000 on the previous week’s AEW Dynamite and the 18-49 rating was also up from the earlier episode from 0.44.
This week’s special featured Bryan Danielson’s debut match in AEW as he faced the ‘Best Bout Machine’ Kenny Omega in an instant classic that went to a time limit draw. Elsewhere on the show, Malakai Black once again defeated Cody Rhodes after some miscommunication between Rhodes and his coach, Arn Anderson, who was knocked off the ring apron to the floor. Britt Baker also successfully retained her AEW Women’s Championship in the main event against Ruby Soho, although the champion did have some assistance from Jamie Hayter, who attacked Soho outside the ring.
The second part of Grand Slam will take place on a special two-hour edition of AEW Rampage on September 24th. Announced matches include Powerhouse Hobbs vs. CM Punk in Punk’s first televised match for over seven years, Adam Cole and the Young Bucks vs. Christian Cage and Jurassic Express, and Eddie Kingston and Jon Moxley vs. Minoru Suzuki and Lance Archer in a ‘Lights Out’ match.