Tony Khan reacts to FOX News opinion article

Dec 17, 2021 - by Marc Middleton

AEW President, CEO, General Manager & Head Of Creative Tony Khan took to Twitter this evening and posted several tweets lashing out at FOX News.

The FOX News website published an opinion article by Sports Editor Ryan Gaydos this week, looking at how Tony and his father, AEW lead investor Shad Khan, have “had a rough first 15 days of December between [their] business with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the family’s venture into professional wrestling with All Elite Wrestling.”

The article looked at how the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, owned by Khan, fired head coach Urban Meyer this week after only 11 months and 13 regular season games with the organization. There were on-the-field issues with Meyer, but Shad fired him just hours after former Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo accused Meyer of kicking him during a team practice over the summer.

Regarding AEW, the opinion piece looked at how AEW’s Dynamite and Rampage shows have dropped in the ratings, despite significant signings.

Gaydos ended the article with, “AEW had a very successful summer with the acquisitions of CM Punk, Bryan Danielson and Adam Cole from WWE. AEW’s shows ‘Dynamite’ and ‘Rampage’ each popped with more than 1 million total viewers at their peaks. ‘Dynamite’ peaked at 1.319 million viewers Sept. 8 when Punk addressed fans for the first time since appearing at All Out. ‘Rampage’ peaked at 1.129 million on Aug. 20 when Punk made his debut in Chicago. Since then, things cooled off with ‘Rampage,’ attracting around 500,000 viewers. ‘Dynamite’ attracted over 900,000 viewers Wednesday for the first time since mid-November thanks to its ‘Winter is Coming’ special. As things move into the new year, the Jaguars will be back at square one with a high draft pick and in need of a new coach for the 2022 season. AEW will look to build upon some of the momentum it gained toward the end of 2021. AEW will have a lot of time to build up its top stars as its first PPV of 2022 isn’t set until March.”

This did not sit well with the younger Khan. He tweeted the Nielsen ratings charts and bragged about how AEW Dynamite “has beaten EVERY single” FOX News program as of late. Khan made three tweets in response to the FOX News opinion article.

“Hey @FoxNews it’s amusing hearing you opining about @AEW ratings considering #AEWDynamite on Wednesday has beaten EVERY single @FoxNews show for 6 straight weeks! Here are the recent charts (including this week) to prove it. See you TONIGHT on @TNTdrama 10pmET/9pmCT @ #AEWRampage,” he wrote in the initial tweet.

It should be noted that Khan was apparently referring to the key demo rating. FOX News programs regular dominate Dynamite in viewership. For example, this week’s Winter Is Coming edition of Dynamite drew 948,000 viewers with a 0.31 key demo rating, while Tucker Carlson Tonight on FOX News, which also aired at 8pm, drew 3.457 million viewers with a 0.30 key demo rating. Hannity, which went up against the second hour of Dynamite, drew 3.016 million viewers with a 0.25 key demo rating. FOX News had 14 shows that made the Cable Top 150 this past Wednesday and all drew more than 1 million viewers, with key demo ratings between 0.11 and 0.30. Furthermore, the prime demographic for news programming is 25-54.

Khan added in his follow-up tweet, “Thanks @FoxNews, I appreciate that you’ve highlighted @AEW ratings when #AEWDynamite on Wednesdays has beaten EVERY single show on your network for 6 straight weeks. Here are a few more charts, Twitter only let me attach 4 weeks worth to my last tweet! See you TONIGHT #AEWRampage”

He then wrote in the third and final tweet, “Did you know #AEWDynamite on Wednesdays on @TNTdrama has beaten EVERY single show on @FoxNews for 6 straight weeks? Surely @FOXNews knows as they like talking tv ratings; maybe they should focus on their content instead of playing boar on the floor. See you TONIGHT @ #AEWRampage”

You can see Khan’s full tweets below:

6 Responses

  1. Logical Thinker says:

    With all due respect to Tony Khan.
    I wouldn’t bark up the Cable News tree in proving AEW’s worth.
    You are looking at a different animal, different demos and different sets of advertisers which appeals to a different income level..
    When is the last time one seen an commercial for Starburst, M&Ms, McD’s, Wendy’s, Domino’s Pizza, Little Caesars, etc on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News?
    Cable News only cares about total ratings overall (which each show averages between 2-3 million a night). That is something they can crow about. If one can stomach watching commercials, you will see that for an example:
    Fox is the number one cable news station for “xxxx” amount of years. If you see Maddow beat Hannity in the ratings for a month or two. MSNBC will run that promo on Rachel. Same goes for CNN with then Cuomo and Lemon.
    Tony, you don’t want to get into a grief match with Rashida Jones, Jeff Zucker and Rupert Murdoch.
    They will end up laughing hysterically at you. Will tell you stay in your pro wrestling lane.

  2. Joseph says:

    So his defense of their ratings is that they beat some Fox news shows in their ratings. They beat them in the key demographic for ages 18 to 49. Do people that age even watch Fox news? Do people that age watch any of the news channels?

  3. mth says:

    Seems like a bit of an immature and insecure reaction to an article. If they’re just spitting facts, don’t take it so personally. They didn’t even say anything insulting (surprising considering the source) about AEW, they just said they were doing really well, things have dipped, but they can still bounce back. Calm down, Tony, it’s not always you vs. the world.

  4. Brad says:

    If Tony Kahn plans to be in the wrestling business for the long haul he needs to grow some thicker skin.

  5. Steve says:

    Hey Tony… crying about rating.. Duenthe raw numbwr you get crushed.. keep rhe downwatd sode and poof your on Pop tv too.. Tony. Pay Urban his money.

  6. DB says:

    Last column on the right. That is the total viewing number. Where is AEW listed on a descending sort of that column?

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