Both shows experienced a slight decline. However, Dynamite managed to draw 1.1018 million viewers. Meanwhile, NXT dropped to 790,000. AEW posted a mark of 1.409 million in its debut last week. Despite three championship matches and the return of Finn Balor to NXT last week, WWE’s third brand managed only 845,000.
It’s important to note that Dynamite aired on both TNT and TruTV in case the 2019 Major League Baseball playoffs forced the channel to delay the broadcast on TNT. According to Bryan Alvarez of The Wrestling Observer, Dynamite‘s rating did not include viewership numbers from TruTV.
This week’s episode of Dynamite featured several noteworthy story threads. For starters, Private Party advanced in the first round of the AEW Tag Team Championship tournament. AEW Champ Chris Jericho announced his heel stable, The Inner Circle, consisting of Sammy Guevara, fellow former WWE Superstar Jake Hager and the tag team of Ortiz and Santana. Jericho and Guevara also teamed up to defeat Hangman Page and Dustin Rhodes.
In addition, Jon Moxley defeated another former WWE performer in Shawn Spears and Darby Allin won the AEW Championship No. 1 Contenders match against Jimmy Havoc.