The October 14th episodes of AEW Dynamite and WWE NXT saw both shows rise in viewership and key demographic rankings. AEW also managed to maintain their lead over NXT in terms of key demographic rankings.
AEW drew 826,000 viewers and a #15 ranking in the 18-49 demographic while NXT drew 651,000 and a #51 ranking in the 18-49 demographic.
Dave Meltzer reported in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter that while AEW rose in overall viewership, they suffered notable sizable drops with their female viewers compared to the week before, especially in the Females 18-34 demographic group. AEW also saw a 4.5% drop in their key 18-49 demographic viewership while NXT saw a gain of 1.9% in the same group compared to last week.
In terms of key demographic viewership, AEW reportedly had 383,000 viewers while NXT had 225,000 viewers. In terms of key demographic viewership breakdowns, AEW doubled NXT’s Male 18-34 viewership and almost doubled NXT’s Male 35-49 viewership. AEW’s biggest increase was with Males 18-34 which was up by 31.1% and their biggest decline was with Females 18-34 which was down by 32.4% compared to last week. NXT’s biggest increase was with Females 18-34 which was up by 29.6% compared to last week.
In terms of yearly comparisons, AEW was down 18.5% in overall viewers and down 31.8% in key demographic viewers while NXT was down 8.6% in overall viewers and down 15% in key demographic viewers compared to the same week last year.
In terms of quarter-hours, AEW reportedly won every quarter in both overall viewership and key demographic viewership over NXT.
AEW Dynamite started off with around 880,000 viewers and their biggest gain of the night was the latter half of the TNT Championship match of Orange Cassidy vs. Cody and the Matt Hardy interview segment which gained 155,000 viewers. AEW’s biggest decline of the night was the multi-tag team lottery segment and the start of the AEW Women’s World Championship match of Big Swole vs. Hikaru Shida which lost 159,000 viewers.
WWE NXT started off with around 781,000 viewers and their biggest gain of the night was the #1 Contender’s match for the NXT Women’s Championship of Candice LeRae vs. Shotzi Blackheart which gained 14,000 viewers. NXT’s biggest decline of the night was the ending of the #1 Contender’s match for the NXT Tag Team Championship of Undisputed Era vs. Danny Birch & Oney Lorcan, the Ember Moon vignette, and the Jake Atlas vs. Ashante Adonis match which lost 96,000 viewers. NXT also reportedly had the return of their overrun for the first time in months which gained 56,000 viewers to end the night.
Canadian and United Kingdom Viewership for Several AEW & NXT Shows
Dave Meltzer reported in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter that AEW drew 122,000 viewers for their October 7th episode on TSN in Canada.
Meltzer also reported that AEW drew 149,000 viewers for their October 2nd episode on ITV 4 in the United Kingdom. NXT reportedly did not chart for their September 30th episode on BT Sport in the United Kingdom meaning that the viewership is currently not known.