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AEW wins the rating battle again, but NXT significantly closes the gap

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Without competition from MLB’s World Series or playoffs to worry about, both AEW Dynamite and NXT on USA had a bounce back on Wednesday night. AEW took home the win, but NXT had one of its best nights since the Wednesday Night War began.

Per ShowBuzz Daily, Dynamite checked in at 822,000 viewers with a .35 rating in the all important people 18-49 demographic. NXT netted 813,000 viewers, good for a .30 rating in the 18-49 demo.

Overall Dynamite took home eighth place in the 18-49 demo while NXT jumped all the way up to 12th place. Two NBA games on ESPN, American Horror Story on FX, South Park on Comedy Central, and The Real Housewives of New Jersey on Bravo round out the top five for Wednesday night on cable.

NXT’s big move this week was the show’s most watched episode since Oct. 2nd. Dynamite made a comeback as well, but only saw small gains in both overall viewers and the 18-49 demo compared to last week’s season low.

Here’s a breakdown of AEW viewership and rating in the 18-49 demo through six 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
  • Oct 30: 759,000 / .34
  • Nov. 6: 822,000 / .35

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

Total viewership for Wednesday night checked in at 1,635,000 million pro wrestling fans.

Alright Cagesiders, what is your prediction? During the build up to Survivor Series will NXT on USA pass AEW Dynamite some time during the next three weeks?

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

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