NXT, which featured the fallout from the WWE Survivor Series pay-per-view, which saw Team NXT dominate Team RAW and Team SmackDown, topped AEW Dynamite in viewership for the second week in a row.
Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite on TNT drew 663,000 viewers while NXT drew 810,000 viewers on the USA Network, according to Showbuzz Daily, so NXT topped Dynamite by 22%. The numbers are just now coming out due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
This is the lowest AEW viewership since the show launched on October 4. The previous low was 789,000 viewers on October 30. AEW ranked #15 in the Cable Top 150 for the 18-49 demo, while NXT ranked #19. AEW ranked #38 in total viewership, while NXT ranked #29. AEW drew a 0.26 rating in the 18-49 demographic while NXT drew a 0.24 in the same demo this week, so Dynamite topped NXT by only 8% whereas it had been by double and triple digits in prior weeks. Last week’s AEW episode drew a 0.39 in that demographic while NXT drew a 0.30.
S.A.M.’s Spiel: I had a feeling that NXT would beat AEW again, but I did not expect the numbers to be like this. I am one of the few that has said that AEW has not been putting out the same quality of show in recent weeks and I think the numbers are starting to reflect that. Sure NXT was coming off a very successful weekend with Takeover and Survivor Series, but that doesn’t take away from how good of a show it was. Once again, it will be interesting to see how this week plays out and if AEW does anything different this week as a response to the numbers.