The ratings for the December 21st Holiday Bash special episode of AEW Dynamite have been published.
As reported by Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics, AEW Dynamite Holiday Bash drew an average audience of 957,000 viewers with an 18-49 rating of 0.30.
AEW Dynamite Holiday Bash Draws Bigger Audience Than Winter Is Coming
With the Winter Is Coming special drawing an average audience of 950,000, the increase in viewers calculates to approximately 0.74%. Despite the increase in overall viewership, AEW has seen a drop in the key demographic age rating, with the 0.30 18-49 rating down from Winter Is Coming’s rating of 0.33.
The show would see a face-to-face between former AEW Tag Team Champions Keith Lee and Swerve Strickland. The confrontation would see Strickland stand tall at the end thanks to assistance from Parker Boudreaux, rap star Rick Ross and an unknown associate that made their AEW debut on the show.
Also on Dynamite, The Elite would win match 5 in the best of 7 series against Death Triangle, updating the score to 3-2 in favour of the current AEW Trios Champions. The match was competed under no disqualification rules.
The Holiday Bash special was main evented with a title match, as Jamie Hayter defended the AEW Women’s Championship against Hikaru Shida. Hayter would successfully defend the title, winning the match via pinfall. After the match, Dr. Britt Baker attacked Shida, with Toni Storm then attempting to make the save. The numbers game caught up with Storm, who was nearly struck in the head with the gold. Saraya would then make the save, clearing the ring to stand tall as Dynamite went off of the air.
One AEW star that was not seen on the December 21st episode of Dynamite was Adam Cole, who has been out of action since the Forbidden Door crossover pay-per-view that took place on June 26th. An update on the condition of Cole has been provided by Dave Meltzer.