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Both AEW Dynamite and NXT on USA were down in week two of their Wednesday night head-to-head battle, with Major League Baseball’s game five between the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers might have taken a chunk out of the viewership.
On TNT, AEW was down to 1.018 million from 1.409 million last week. On USA, NXT down to 790,000 from 891,000 last week.
AEW was simulcast on Tru TV in case the baseball came on TBS ran long and the later game got bumped to TNT for a while. As a result viewership is a little skewed.
Counting TNT live, the immediate TNT replay, and the Tru TV simulcast of AEW Dynamite (this counts live and same-night-DVR viewwership) this week’s Dynamite viewership was 1,503,000 compared to 1,832,000 last week. The Tru simulcast is only happening if there’s a risk of a cascade of TBS-TNT issues due to the early baseball game running long.
We will have a more complete ratings report later, but a couple key demo stats jump out, including AEW continuing to be really strong in younger viewers compared to NXT and even Raw.
The Raw 50+ rating was 1.05. AEW’s was 0.03. But male 18-34 Raw was 0.69 compared to AEW 0.48. NXT head to head drew a 0.17 in that demo, nearly two-thirds less than AEW.
Among men 18-49, AEW drew 0.66 compared to NXT’s 0.29. Raw drew a 0.96 in that demo.
In the adult 18-49 demo, AEW drew 0.46 compared to NXT’s 0.22. Raw drew 0.74 in that demo.
So in the numbers advertised covet, AEW is right between NXT and Raw after two weeks, and unlike Raw, AEW is going head-to-head with another live wrestling show