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World Series Game 7 Cripples Audience for AEW, NXT

A packed sports night left the two wrestling shows struggling to compete for viewers.

The drawing power of Major League Baseball’s World Series Game 7 between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals tanked the ratings to their lowest levels for both All Elite Wrestling Dynamite and WWE NXT.

According to ShowBuzz Daily, more than 23 million viewers tuned into to see the Washington Nationals win the decisive final game of the World Series.

As a result, the October 30th episode of AEW Dynamite viewership on TNT sank to an audience of 759,000, including a 0.33 rating in the age 18-49 demographic. Meanwhile, NXT on USA managed only 580,000 viewers for a 0.18 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

However, both AEW and WWE had to expect a dip in ratings. In addition to the World Series Game 7, ESPN featured an NBA doubleheader while FX’s popular horror anthology series American Horror Story also had a big night on the eve of Halloween. Dynamite still managed a sixth-place finish in the 18-49 demographic, but NXT plummeted to a series-worst 32nd place in the demo.

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