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AEW tops NXT, but both shows down in ratings from week one


A bump in the road for pro wrestling’s Wednesday Night War or a sign of trends to come?

Week two of AEW on TNT versus NXT on USA featured both two hour broadcasts down across the board. Per Showbuzz Daily, Dynamite drew in 1,018,000 million viewers on TNT. In the all important 18-49 demographic, AEW netted a 0.46 ratings share.

For Dynamite’s debut on Oct. 2, AEW garnered a 0.68 ratings share while pulling in 1, 400,000 million viewers.

As for NXT, the fall continues for the fourth consecutive week. On Wednesday night, NXT on USA drew in 790, 000 viewers with a 0.22 ratings share for 18-49 year olds. Last week, Oct. 2, NXT was watched by 891,000 viewers with a 0.32 ratings share for the 18-49 demo.

Here’s a breakdown of AEW viewership through two weeks:

  • Oct. 2: 1.4 million
  • Oct. 9 (on TNT & Tru TV): 1.140 million, 1,018,000 TNT + 122,000 Tru TV simulcast

Here’s a breakdown of NXT viewership through four weeks:

The final numbers show AEW falling from number two to number eight on the night, while NXT drops from 10th to 27th from Oct. 2 to Oct. 9. Three of the top four spots on Wednesday night were occupied by MLB playoff games and the TBS baseball post-show.

For comparison this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw drew in 2.4, 2.3, and 2.2 million for each of their three hours on USA. Logged as three different one hour broadcasts, WWE landed 0.78. 0.76, and 0.70 ratings in the 18-49 year old demographic this past Monday.

Check out both our Dynamite live blog & review and our NXT live blog & review in case you missed any of Wednesday Night War chapter two.

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