Back in May, it was officially announced that AEW would air a weekly TV show on TNT later this year.
Although not confirmed, the rumor is that AEW will start to air their show on Wednesday nights starting on October 2nd, which is the same week when WWE SmackDown Live will move to Friday nights on FOX.
Dave Meltzer noted on the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio that industry insiders are estimating that the debut episode will average 400,000 – 500,000 viewers.
Viewership for episodes after the premiere is unknown but will be interesting to follow as TNT averaged 1.323 million viewers in prime time in 2018. The pre-show for All In, Zero Hour, averaged 196,000 viewers on WGN America with it ranking 85th for the day on cable and was the only show from WGN America to make the top 150 list.
With such a move on a big-time TV network, which is the same that WCW aired on, many fans are excited about the possibility of such a move will bring to the pro wrestling business.
Since the launch of the promotion back in January, many fans expect to see AEW bring competition to WWE that hasn’t been seen since WCW closed down in 2001.