The ratings for the first episode of AEW Dynamite featuring CM Punk have been revealed.
As reported by Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics, the August 25th episode of AEW Dynamite drew in an average of 1.172,000 viewers. This was the shows highest viewership number since April 14th.
Of those viewers, 620,000 were in the 18-49 year-old demographic, a rating of 0.48. This was the highest rating in the demographic since Dynamite’s debut in October 2019.
The ratings make the episode the third most watched episode of Dynamite ever, behind only the show’s debut and April 14th 2021.
By comparison, the episode of AEW Rampage which featured Punk’s debut on August 20th, pulled in 1.129,000 viewers, with 692,000 of those being in the prized 18-49 year-old demographic.
The opening quarter-hour of the show featuring Punk, drew in 1.341,000 viewers with 842,000 in the 18-49 demographic. A rating of 0.65.
On the show, CM Punk talked up his match with Darby Allin at All Out on September 5th.
Punk said that he would be a fan of Darby Allin if he were a 15-year-old watching at home, before praising AEW’s young talent. However, the biggest cheer of the segment came when Punk hinted that there could be another former WWE Superstar heading to the company.
As Punk spoke, the crowd chanted “Yes!” in a way made famous by Daniel Bryan in WWE. Sporting a large grin, Punk said that fans might have to be a little bit more patient for that one, stopping just short of referencing Bryan by name.
Elsewhere on the show, Chris Jericho vowed to put his career on the line against MJF at All Out. Taking to the ring with microphone in hand, the Canadian star discussed the personal toll that his latest defeat to MJF had taken on him. However, he wasn’t about to give up, pledging to keep attacking his rival until everything was all said and done.
With that in mind Jericho had one more proposition for MJF. One more match. One more match to bring an end to the rivalry, with the caveat that if Jericho loses his in-ring career will be over.
This eventually brought out MJF who explained that after the previous week he said he would never face Jericho again. Despite that, the opportunity to end Jericho’s career proved too much.