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AEW Dynamite

The ratings and viewership data are in for this week’s (Mar. 3) NXT and AEW television shows.

Per Showbuzz Daily, Dynamite netted 934,000 viewers for a 0.33 rating point in the 18-49 demographic. NXT checked in with 692,000 viewers for a 0.20 rating point in the same 18-49 demo.

For AEW, this was an increase of about 103,000 viewers from the prior week, with a decrease from last week’s 0.35 demo rating. For NXT, viewership dropped by 42,000 viewers from the prior week, but the demo was up from last week’s 0.18.

AEW slipped from 5th to 6th place in the demo rating for the night, while NXT moved up from 24th to 19th place.

This is one of those nights where both promotions can be satisfied with the results. This is the first time Dynamite has surpassed 900,000 total viewers in 2021. It’s also their third best demo rating of 2021. These results come at the right time for AEW, with their first pay-per-view of the year taking place this weekend. It looks like the decision to bring Shaquille O’Neal in for a celebrity match worked out very well for Tony Khan, even though Shaq wound up in an ambulance and seems to be missing.

For NXT, this is the third consecutive week with an increase in the demo rating, and it’s their second best demo rating for 2021. They’ll look to keep that rising trend going with next week’s (Mar. 10) card that is loaded up with championship defenses from both Finn Balor and Io Shirai.

Here’s a breakdown of AEW viewership and rating in the 18-49 demo over the last year:

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

Total viewership for Wednesday night checked in at 1,626,000 pro wrestling fans.

Check out both our Dynamite live blog, review & video highlights, and our NXT live blog, review & video highlights, in case you missed any of the Wednesday Night War’s latest chapter.