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NXT ratings fall for the third straight week

As is the case with Rampage on Friday nights, we’re still figuring out what to expect from NXT in the television numbers.

WWE’s now-technicolor brand isn’t a new show, but its 2.0 revamp counts as one for some. And while there was some unusual competition on Oct. 6, it looks like those fans are continuing to opt to not follow NXT on its new course.

According to Showbuzz Daily, last night’s episode on USA was watched by 632,000. That’s a 3.5% drop off from the Tuesday before. The 18 - 49 year old demographic rating fell to .13, a 7% drop from Sept. 28. It’s also tied for the lowest of the year, not counting the episodes that aired on SyFy during the Summer Olympics.

The extenuating circumstance was baseball’s Wild Card Playoff between two of the most popular franchises in any sport, the New York Yankees & Boston Red Sox. Their game was watched by more than 7 million on ESPN, and topped the ratings with a 1.90 in the key demo. NXT finished 34th among cable originals.

While they probably won’t run into anything quite like a win or go home Yanks/BoSox game again, the MLB post-season will be a factor for the next month or so. And hockey and basketball will be back soon, too.

Is this the floor for NXT 2.0? While you’re thinking about that, here’s a look at NXT’s viewership and 18 - 49 year old demo rating since they moved to Tuesdays after WrestleMania 37.

For complete results and the live blog for NXT this week click here. To read a recap & review of the night’s show click here. For a full playlist of the show click here.

* Pre-taped episode that aired on SyFy

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