On June 17th AEW launched its brand new Saturday night television show Collision.
The show had been rumoured for months before finally being announced. What’s more, the show also featured the return of CM Punk in his hometown of Chicago. This was the first time that Punk had appeared in person on AEW television since winning the AEW World Championship for a second time at All Out.
One of the biggest talking points coming out of the show among fans was how it would stack up in the TV ratings given its timeslot on Saturday night.
It has now been reported via Wrestlenomics that the show pulled in 816,000 viewers with a 0.33 rating in the 18-49-year-old demographic, landing at number three on cable.
By comparison, the June 14th episode of Dynamite drew 832,000 viewers and a 0.30 rating in the above demographic. The total viewing figure represented the fourth-lowest rating of the year so far.
CM Punk Stars On AEW Collision
The launch of Collision was all about CM Punk who opened the show to address his absence, even firing a couple of shots at The Elite and the Young Bucks for good measure. However, it has since been reported that the remarks were cleared with management ahead of time.
Fast forward to the main event and Punk teamed with FTR to defeat Jay White, Juice Robinson, and Samoa Joe.
Elsewhere, the show featured the returns of Andrade El Idolo and Miro, who had also been out of action for a number of months.