As noted before, this week’s episodes of AEW Dynamite and NXT suffered notable drops in terms of viewership and key demographic rankings. AEW Dynamite drew 1,018,000 viewers on TNT and a #8 ranking in 18-49 demographic while NXT drew 790,000 viewers on USA and a #27 ranking in 18-49 demographic. AEW Dynamite also drew an additional 122,000 viewers on TruTV for its live airing.
Dynamite suffered a 27.8% drop in viewership on TNT and a 19.2% drop from the combined TNT and TruTV viewership compared to last week’s debut episode. This drop was higher than the typical weekly decline of around 20% for a new television series on TNT during the past few years, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
In regards to 18-49 demographic group, this week’s episode of Dynamite declined from a 0.68 to a 0.46 when only counting TNT and to a 0.51 when counting both TNT and TruTV for an overall drop of around 25%. NXT declined from a 0.32 to a 0.22 for an overall drop of 31.3%. Despite the decline, AEW Dynamite was in third place for the key demo group in its time slot.
The average age of a viewer for AEW Dynamite and NXT also rose this week to 42 years old for AEW and 55 years old for NXT.
In regards to the quarter hour viewership breakdowns, AEW started off with 1,138,000 viewers and NXT with 836,000 viewers. AEW’s biggest gain of the night was the women’s tag team match of Britt Baker & Riho vs. Bea Priestly & Emi Sakura which gained 58,000 viewers and their biggest decline was the Darby Allin vs. Jimmy Havoc match which lost 196,000 viewers. NXT’s biggest gain of the night was the Roderick Strong vs. Isaiah Scott match and post-match Velveteen Dream segment which drew 47,000 viewers and their biggest decline was the WALTER vs. KUSHIDA main event match which lost 73,000 viewers. In regards to NXT’s over-run, the show gained an additional 64,000 viewers to end the night.
It was also reported that the initial replay of Dynamite on TNT drew 363,000 viewers, down from last week’s 423,000 viewers for the debut episode and an overall decline of about 14%.