Battle one of the Wednesday Night War goes to All Elite Wrestling.
The numbers are in and more people tuned into AEW Dynamite than NXT on USA. Combing both the ratings and total viewership totals further paint the picture that AEW really outpaced NXT on all fronts.
The Wrap with breaking television ratings numbers:
“Professional wrestling’s “Wednesday Night Wars” officially started on cable television last night, when the new weekly AEW wrestling show debuted to 1.4 million viewers, besting USA Network’s “NXT,” which put up 891,000 viewers (down 11% from last week’s show). Among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic, “Dynamite” scored 878,000 viewers to “NXT’s” 414,000 (up 1% from its week-ago broadcast).”
For comparison’s sake, last Wednesday night TNT aired a a replay of the live action version of Beauty and The Beast that drew in 678,000 viewers. To put AEW’s viewership totals in perspective even further, the lowest episode of SmackDown from the past six months was 1.83 million viewers for WWE’s Apr. 30 episode.
Each of the past three weeks, NXT’s numbers on USA decrease with each passing episode. After debuting in fourth place in the ever important 18-49 demographic, NXT fell to eighth place for last week’s episode.
In terms of key demos, it will be curious to see where AEW and NXT land this week.
Here’s a breakdown of NXT viewership through three weeks:
More numbers and information should become available as the full slate of Wednesday night’s cable TV ratings will be released later in the day. Earlier on Thursday, WWE would release it’s own public statement about AEW’s first episode on TNT.
With WWE stacking the Oct. 2 episode of NXT on USA, are you surprised the debut of AEW Dynamite beat them by such a large margin?
Update 4:40 PM ET: Per Showbuzz Daily, AEW lands at number two spot on Wednesday night for cable TV. The past two Wednesday nights, American Horror Story on FX held down the number one spot, but this week was knocked down to number three. NXT on USA falls from eighth to tenth in the adults 18-49 demographic.