It is clear that the executives at TNT and WarnerMedia are extremely pleased with the ratings for AEW Dynamite because the new deal is a significant increase from what they were getting before.
Dave Meltzer is reporting that the new deal is for four years and worth $175 million, just under $45 million per year. This includes TNT having the option to renew the show for 2024 for a significantly increased price.
As noted in the press release that was posted earlier, the deal also includes another night of AEW programming. No details were given on when the second show will air but it’s worth noting that WarnerMedia oversees TNT, TBS, truTV and HBO Max, the new streaming services that is set to launch in May. That could indicate that the second show might air on a network other than TNT. HBO Max would seem like an option to air AEW Dark, the series that premieres every Tuesday night on the AEW YouTube channel.
Meltzer added, “When the new show launches, the Wednesday tapings would expand and also include matches taped for the streaming show Dark which is not going away. This means there will be four hours a week of the product, allowing more time to showcase more talent, which has been limited by the current format.”