With many wrestling fans now obsessing over quarter hours and key demos amid chatter over ratings, AEW has now hit its all-time record numbers in the UK.
Not since the Monday Night Wars have wrestling fans obsessed over television ratings of their favoured promotion the way that is done now with WWE and AEW.
Now Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio has clued fans into how AEW is performing in one of their key markets – the UK. AEW programming airs on the ITV network in the UK with some fans also choosing to watch the company via FITE TV.
According to Meltzer recent AEW numbers on ITV have broken the promotion’s all-time record:
“The AEW show that was the go-home show for Forbidden Door that aired on the 22nd [of June in the US] and aired on the 24th [of June in the UK] on ITV 4 set their all-time record.”
“They’ve been doing big numbers for about the last five, six weeks, AEW’s really been on an upswing in the UK for whatever reason. I don’t know if maybe Will Ospreay has something to do with it but it started before Will Ospreay was on the show and before there were any hints of Will Ospreay. The big upswing started with the show that would have aired on the Friday before Double Or Nothing. And they’ve been very strong ever since.”
“All the biggest numbers so far this year were in the last six weeks, every week practically was one of the biggest numbers but this was the all-time record for AEW Dynamite. So they are on an upswing there.”
English competitor and NJPW star Will Ospreay had been featured on Dynamite in the lead-up to Forbidden Door where he defeated Orange Cassidy to retain his IWGP US Championship.
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