More on AEW vs. NXT Week 48 & 49 Viewership

AEW vs. NXT Week 48 Viewership Update

As noted before, the August 26th episode of WWE NXT drew 824,000 viewers on USA Network and a #24 ranking in the 18-49 demographic while the August 27th episode of AEW Dynamite drew 813,000 viewers on TNT and a #11 ranking in the 18-49 demographic.

This week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter provided an update that featured more details for both shows that week.

Dave Meltzer reported that in regards to key demographic viewership, AEW had 376,000 viewers and NXT had 305,000 viewers.

NXT’s high point in the 18-49 demographic group was the William Regal interview segment and the beginning of the NXT Cruiserweight Championship match of Isaiah “Swerve” Scott vs. Santos Escobar (c). The low point for the 18-49 demographic was the latter half of the NXT Tag Team Championship match of Breezango vs. Imperium (c). The high point for the 18-34 demographic was the Tommasso Ciampa vs. Jake Atlas match and post-match attack while the low point was the Io Shirai & Rhea Ripley vs. Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai match.

In terms of demographic viewership breakdowns, AEW’s only gain was with the Females 18-34 group which was up 5.5% compared to last week’s show. Viewership for all of AEW’s other key demographic groups declined with the biggest decline being the Males 18-34 group at 19.8% lower than last week’s show.

AEW’s high point for the 18-49 demographic group was the Lance Archer, Jake Roberts, Taz, Brian Cage, and Ricky Starks in-ring confrontation segment and the bulk of the MJF and Jon Moxley contract signing segment. The low point for the 18-49 demographic was the Young Bucks vs. Natural Nightmares and the beginning of Young Bucks vs. Best Friends portion of the Tag Team Gauntlet match. The high point for the 18-34 demographic was the MJF and Moxley contract signing segment while the low point was the Matt Hardy vs. Sammy Guevara Tables match.

AEW Dynamite started off with around 759,000 viewers and their biggest gain of the night was the latter half of the Young Bucks vs. Best Friends and Best Friends vs. FTR portion of the Tag Team Gauntlet match which gained 94,000 viewers. AEW’s biggest decline of the night was the Darby Allin vignette, Archer vs. Sean Maluta match, and beginning of the Archer & Jake Roberts post-match promo which lost 47,000 viewers.

WWE NXT started off with around 866,000 viewers and their biggest gain of the night was the Ciampa vs. Atlas match with post-match attack and Candice LeRae interview segment which gained 40,000 viewers. NXT’s biggest decline of the night was the latter half of the NXT Tag Team Championship match which lost 87,000 viewers.


More on AEW vs. NXT Week 49 Viewership

The September 1st episode of WWE NXT saw NXT gain slightly in overall viewership but gained a noticeable increase in key demographic rankings. The September 2nd episode of AEW Dynamite saw AEW gain their highest viewership since March 18th and gain in key demographic rankings.

NXT drew 849,000 viewers on the USA Network and a #10 ranking in 18-49 demographic while AEW drew 928,000 viewers on TNT and a #8 ranking in the 18-49 demographic.

Dave Meltzer reported in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter that in terms of key demographic viewership, AEW had 469,000 viewers while NXT had 336,000 viewers.

NXT’s overall viewership reportedly was their second highest of the year and their highest key demographic viewership of the year. Meltzer reported that NXT’s ratings numbers this week led to more talks within WWE and USA Network of potentially moving NXT to a new night, either on Tuesday or Thursday. In terms of demographic viewership breakdowns, NXT biggest increases were with the Females 18-34 group at 118.2% higher and Males 35-49 group at 27.7% higher than last week’s episode. NXT’s biggest decreases were with the Males 18-34 group at 23.8% lower and Females 35-49 group at 17.8% lower than last week’s episode.

AEW’s key demographic viewership reportedly was tied for the highest of the year. In terms of demographic viewership breakdowns, AEW’s biggest increases were with the Males 18-34 group at 58.4% higher, Males 35-49 group at 15.1% higher, and Females 35-49 group at 42% higher compared to last week’s show. The only key demographic group that declined was the Females 18-34 group which was down 29.3% compared to last week’s show. Meltzer reported that one of AEW’s quarter-hours managed to hit the one million viewers mark, which was the fifth quarter that drew 1,008,000 million viewers.

AEW Dynamite started off with around 833,000 viewers and their biggest gain of the night was the Chris Jericho vs. Joey Janela post-match attack, Matt Hardy vs. Sammy Guevara video package, and the Taz, Jake Roberts, and Eddie Kingston in-ring promo segment which gained 109,000 viewers. AEW’s biggest decline of the night was the bulk of the Young Bucks & Jurassic Express vs. Private Party & SCU match which lost 51,000 viewers

WWE NXT started off with around 831,000 viewers and their biggest gain of the night was the final quarter-hour of the NXT Championship Iron Man 4-Way match which gained 56,000 viewers. NXT’s biggest decline of the night was the intros to the NXT Championship Iron Man 4-Way match which lost 51,000 viewers.