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AEW Dynamite decimates WWE NXT in first Wednesday night ratings battle

What Wednesday Night War? All Elite Wrestling has toasted NXT in the first midweek ratings battle.

Here is a breakdown of the television numbers:

“Professional wrestling’s “Wednesday Night Wars” officially started on cable television last night, when the new weekly AEW wrestling show debuted to 1.4 million viewers, besting USA Network’s “NXT,” which put up 891,000 viewers (down 11% from last week’s show). Among the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic, “Dynamite” scored 878,000 viewers to “NXT’s” 414,000 (up 1% from its week-ago broadcast).”

Earlier today, WWE of course released a statement on AEW’s premiere on TNT, but are you surprised they were defeated by such a large margin?

  • Keith Learmonth

    The Khans have more money than Vince.
    Triple H definitely doesn’t get an unlimited budget for NXT, just as AEW doesn’t get one from Khan.

    All in all, AEW is probably the bigger budget show of the two, looking at the arenas they run, and the stage, and pyro and all.

    Like, I want AEW to succeed, but I feel it’s -way- too early to call this decimation.

  • Keith Learmonth

    Your loss, I suppose. Good luck with that. Personally, I plan to watch both.

  • Ernesto León Jr.

    I will not be watching NXT ever. AEW is my Wednesday show.

  • StoneColdBeckyLynch

    Nitro beat a promotion that was actually in bad times financially.
    AEW is facing a billion dollar corporation.
    Completely different situations.
    Also, if AEW didn’t have competition with NXT, they would have gotten 2 million viewers easily.

  • Keith Learmonth

    Ah. Fair enough. I divert to CC’s point, then. With all the hype, and all the fans talking about how AEW was going to end WWE, I expected higher.

  • Keith Learmonth

    Nitro beat Raw on week 1.
    AEW already has a solid fan-base from multiple events.

    After all of the hype, all of the talk, AEW pulling less than the worst episode of Raw should be a disappointment, especially if the ratings don’t grow next week.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    NXT also is not worry about ratings they just worry about putting on a good wrestling show.

  • CC

    Not really that impressive. NXT did 1.2 and AEW did 1.4. Considering the hype around AEW I would have expected a bigger gap

  • CC

    These figures are not as cut and dried as they seem. Even Sapp who posted this on twitter last night said a lot of these viewers would have channel hopped between shows, which clouds the numbers.
    Also, week one of NXT on TV did 1.2 I think, so 1.4 for AEW with all the hype is impressive but not that much more so than NXT. Debut shows are never a good indicator of viewing figures, it is the next 3 or 4 weeks that will tell the true story.

    I watched both shows the next day, and have to say while both shows were great, NXT had the edge for me. That opening match alone was easily the best match of the night for me.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    Let’s be honest ratings will never be that high for either AEW or NXT because I can watch either shows another day on Hulu.

  • StoneColdBeckyLynch

    you’re comparing the ratings of a promotion that hasn’t been in existence for a year to the ratings of what has practically been a monopoly in the wrestling industry.

  • Omar

    I said “NXT’s premier on USA”, meaning when NXT premiered without any competition.

  • Keith Learmonth

    Except NXT has been on USA for two weeks now.

  • Keith Learmonth

    Solid effort by AEW, but “Decimated” is a bit of an overstatement.
    It was a fantastic show apart from the screwy “Moxley attacks Omega right in front of the ref, who does precisely nothing about it” part.

    For all the hype, though, AEW is still yet to pull a higher rating than the least watched non-holiday Raw of all time (about 1.8 million), so they have room to grow before they’re seen as main roster competition.

  • Omar

    Very impressive numbers for a brand new brand in competition with an established one (as well as a sports event). Good for AEW. Hope they continue this success and improve on their premier show.

  • Omar

    However it still bested NXT’s premier on USA. It is quite an achievement for an new brand.

  • oppa

    I’m not going crazy over this, just like I wouldn’t if the numbers were reversed. AEW is trying something different than what the American audience is used to seeing, and I expect several hiccups and mistakes over the next few months until they get things figured out. It will be interesting if things do cool off to see how people react to that and if they try to say that AEW is dead like they did with Impact for so many years.

  • Brad Grillakis

    seen full show on youtube today, kinda meh imo.

  • Kristopher Robinson

    Of course it did better, it’s the premier show! This article is kind of a, duh, type moment.

  • Dirt McGirt

    I’m surprised the word “toasted” was used in an article that is supposed to convey facts and not opinions.