TV ratings: AEW Dynamite, May 10 (plus news, whether AEW-WBD deal could really be $1 billion)

  • On last night’s Dynamite, Tony Khan appeared onscreen and teased an upcoming announcement. “I’d like you to stay tuned to TNT next week for a huge announcement,” he said. “And please join us next Wednesday here on AEW Dynamite, where we’ll follow up on one of the most important announcements ever in the history of AEW.” The tease seems consistent with the expectation that AEW Collision will be confirmed as a new show at Warner Bros. Discovery’s upfronts next Wednesday, and the report from WONF4W yesterday that a new TV deal will also be announced that day. 
  • Disney, like Netflix, is experiencing a deceleration in its streaming subscriber base. In its earnings report yesterday Disney reported Disney+ subscribers declined slightly from the prior quarter, both domestically and, for the second quarter in a row, worldwide. Globally subscribers for the quarter ending March 31 were at 157.8 million, down from last quarter’s 161.8 million and 164.2 million in the quarter before that. In the U.S. and Canada, Disney reported 46.3 million subscribers, down slightly from 46.6 million. Hulu and ESPN+, both U.S.-only services, continued to grow sequentially. Hulu’s subscriber count, which includes live TV subscribers as well as SVOD-only subs, is up to 48.2 million subscribers, less than 1% from the prior quarter. ESPN+ has 25.3 million subscribers, up about 2% from 24.9 million last quarter.
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