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NXT proved there’s an audience for wrestling on Christmas night

AEW Dynamite was off on Christmas night. But with the luxury of multiple television tapings at which to film matches, NXT was able to put together a pre-taped show to air on Dec. 25.

WWE and USA confirmed there was an appetite for pro wrestling on the holiday night. Among cable originals, the day was won by an NBA contest between the defending champion Toronto Raptors and the always popular Boston Celtics that had 3.3 million viewers on ESPN, and NXT went head-to-head with a highly anticipated game between the Los Angeles Lakes & Los Angeles Clippers that had 1.8 million watching. Still, the black-and-gold brand drew an audience of 831,000 this past Wednesday - 36K more viewers than it did on Dec. 18, and the biggest number since Dec. 4.

Of course, those shows were running head-to-head with another wrestling alternative on TNT.

Even without competition from Dynamite, NXT’s rating among 18 - 49 year olds was down on Dec. 25, falling 19% to .22.

We’ll see how they do next week when All Elite is back live. NXT will run another pre-taped episode on New Year’s Day, but their Jan. 1 edition will feature a lot of news with the reveal of the 2020 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament entries and the 2019 Year-End Award winners.

Source: Showbuzz Daily

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