The Wednesday night rating war between AEW Dynamite and WWE NXT on has been going on for eight weeks. For the first time, NXT came out on top. It took both their RAW and Smackdown rosters to appear on the show to do it.
NXT’s episode was the go-home show before Saturday’s NXT TakeOver: WarGames and Sunday’s Survivor Series.
According to Figure Four Online’s Bryan Alvarez, NXT averaged 916,000 viewers during its two-hour show, while AEW garnered 893,000 viewers. For the night, the combined viewership for Dynamite and NXT was 1.809 million viewers. That is up 6% from last week and the highest since the Wednesday Night Wars started on October 2nd.
Diving deeper into the numbers Dynamite still beat NXT on USA in the all-important 18-49 year old demographic at .39 to .30. Actually, in seven out of eight demographics, Dynamite beat NXT except for people 50 years and older.
It was a win but not a dominate one for NXT. The fact that WWE keeps having to use their main roster wrestlers to appear on NXT each week shows they are scared. That type of an inconsistent booking can only last for so long.