The numbers are in for the first post-Wednesday Night War episode of NXT. And they look... pretty good?
According to Showbuzz Daily, NXT’s TakeOver: Stand & Deliver fallout show on April 13, which was promoted on a WrestleMania fallout edition of Raw that was watched by more than two million the night before on the same channel, drew 805,000 viewers. That’s a slightly less than a 5% increase from April 7, when the show went head-to-head with AEW Dynamite for the last time.
In the ratings, NXT had the same .22 in the 18 - 49 year old demographic it had last Wednesday for night one of TakeOver: Stand & Deliver - but it did slightly better with males in that age group (.26, up from .24). The overall demo rating landed USA in the top ten among cable originals on the night; NXT finished in a three-way tie for eighth with the first half of TNT’s NBA doubleheader and CNN’s final primetime offering of the night.
While this doesn’t look like a big jump from last week, remember that last week was a PPV-level show which brought in NXT’s best numbers since “Halloween Havoc” last October. Over 14 Wednesday nights this year, NXT averaged 662K viewers and .17 demo rating - which means their first Tuesday night audience was up more than 21% from their average. In 18 - 49, they did 29% better.
So it’s the usual mixed bag people will interpret through their own filters. But so far, there’s nothing here to say moving to Tuesday was the wrong call.
We’ll see what Dynamite does alone on Wednesday, and how that factors into the discourse, when those ratings come out tomorrow.