WWE NXT on the USA Network and AEW Dynamite on TNT have now been running head-to-head on Wednesday nights for three weeks, and there has been a clear trend in their ratings. While both programs have seen a decrease in viewers since they started airing on these channels, AEW has experienced a less dramatic decline and has consistently drawn more eyes than NXT.
That trend continued this week, as shown in the Wednesday night ratings report from ShowBuzz Daily. AEW Dynamite was the fifth-ranked show on cable, drawing 1,014,000 viewers. The show’s premiere drew 1.402 million viewers and its second episode 1.018. Its largest demographic of viewers this week men between the ages of 18 and 49, scoring a 0.65 with that group.
Meanwhile, WWE NXT was the thirtieth most-viewed cable program, drawing 712,000 viewers. This is down from the 1.179 million and fourth place slot that it earned for its premier on USA back on September 18. It’s also down from 891,000 on its first night opposite AEW and 790,000 from last week. As with AEW Dynamite, the men aged 18-49 were the demographic most watching NXT, though they scored a 0.27.
So while both AEW and NXT both experienced ratings decline this week, Dynamite continued to be much more popular with live cable viewers than NXT.