The numbers have touched down for the first Wednesday Night Wars showdown in weeks between All Elite Wrestling and WWE NXT.
After weeks of not going head-to-head due to various preemption schedule changes, AEW Dynamite and NXT both returned to their regular Wednesday time slot and suffered a drop in viewership week-over-week.
Dynamite easily won the battle in both total audience and in the 18-49 demographic, generating an average viewership of 886,000 and a 0.34 rating.
NXT meanwhile was watched by 689,000 people with a 0.18 rating in that key demo.
The viewership drops were 18% for NXT and 13% for Dynamite from last week’s airing but compared to the last time these shows went head-to-head over a month ago, viewership was up about 10% for both.
There was no major sports competition with the NHL and NBA playoffs taking a night off so Dynamite soared to a top three ranking in the 18-49 ranking at #3, while NXT was trailing well behind at #31.
1 – AEW Dynamite was simulcast on both TNT and TruTV.
2 – AEW Dynamite did not air this week; NXT airs a taped show.
3 – NXT show was a “Best of 2019” special.
4 – AEW Dynamite matches were pre-taped on Chris Jericho’s cruise.
5 – NXT Great American Bash (Night One) & AEW Fyter Fest (Night One)
6 – NXT Great American Bash (Night Two) & AEW Fyter Fest (Night Two)
7 – AEW presented “Fight for the Fallen”
8 – AEW Dynamite is pre-empted to Saturday Night; NXT runs unopposed.
9 – AEW Dynamite aired on Saturday, August 22.
10 – AEW Dynamite is pre-empted to Thursday; NXT runs unopposed.
11 – AEW Dynamite aired on Thursday, August 27.
12 – NXT is pre-empted to Tuesday, September 1.
13 – NXT was pre-empted to Tuesday, September 1.
14 – NXT is pre-empted to Tuesday, September 8.
15 – NXT was pre-empted to Tuesday, September 8.
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