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AEW tops NXT, but both shows hit new lows in TV viewership


The Wednesday Night War may have hit its first hiccup.

Since AEW Dynamite and NXT on USA have gone head-to-head starting on October 2nd, each of the first four weeks have seen a decline in overall viewership. Four weeks and four drops in viewers on both TNT and USA.

It’s an interesting trend that continued on Wednesday night Oct. 23. Per Showbuzz Daily, AEW drew in 963,000 viewers with a 0.45 rating in the key 18-49 demographic. NXT netted 698,000 with a 0.21 rating in the 18-49 demo.

Despite the decline, AEW still was the fourth most watched original cable telecast among 18-49 year olds, while NXT checked in at 21st on the night. The top three spots on cable for Wednesday were two NBA on ESPN games and American Horror Story on FX.

Also surprisingly both Dynamite and NXT saw a small 0.01 gain in the people aged 18-49 from Oct. 16.

Here’s a breakdown of AEW viewership and rating in the 18 -49 demo through four weeks:

  • Oct. 2: 1.4 million / .68
  • Oct. 9: 1.02 million / .46 on TNT, plus 122K from Tru TV simulcast for total viewership of approximately 1.14 million
  • Oct. 16: 1.01 million / .44
  • Oct 24: 963,000 / .45

Here’s a breakdown of NXT’s audience and ratings share of the same demographic through six weeks:

Total viewership for Wednesday night clocks in at 1,661,000 million pro wrestling fans.

Up against stiff sports competition, have both AEW and NXT hit their TV ratings floors this week?

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

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