Jim Ross Unsure Why AEW Didn't Draw Bigger Ratings For Dynamite Grand Slam
Jim Ross doesn't understand why AEW Dynamite didn't have a bigger audience
All Elite Wrestling put together a packed show for the Grand Slam episode of Dynamite from New York City on Wednesday, September 21.
The show featured multiple title matches, including Jon Moxley vs. Bryan Danielson for the vacant AEW World Championship, Claudio Castagnoli vs. Chris Jericho for the ROH World Title, and Swerve in our Glory vs. The Acclaimed for the AEW World Tag Team Championships.
With such a packed card, the show drew just over one million viewers and averaged 458,000 in the key 18-49 demographic, according to Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics. Total viewership was actually 12 percent lower than the prior week's Dynamite, though, while viewership in the 18-49 demo was down 10 percent.
Grand Slam was the fifth straight week that AEW had drawn over one million viewers but Jim Ross questioned why the promotion could not draw a bigger audience for such a big show on TV.
"It was an interesting thing, how do you explain the fact that AEW does around a million viewers on a big-time hyped show that is loaded with five title matches, how do you justify or explain that? I don't know the answer to that conundrum, I really don't. You'd think we were providing the audience with what they wanted to see; all of our top programmes, all the titles that were significant are getting some exposure. When you don't have those massive numbers that you were hoping for, it's hard to explain why that happened," Ross said on his Grilling JR podcast.
AEW will look to make it six weeks in a row with over one million viewers tonight with an episode of Dynamite that features two title matches, a promo from new signing Saraya, and an AEW World Title Eliminator pitting champion Jon Moxley against Juice Robinson.
H/T to Wrestling Inc.