The Wednesday Night Wars reached a totally new point altogether this week, as both the shows scored the exact same viewership. Showbuzz Daily reported that both the shows had a viewership of 778K this week, which is rather unprecedented and highly coincidental for two shows competing for the same set of eyeballs.
AEW Dynamite was down by 9% from its last week’s viewership of 851,000 viewers, while WWE NXT saw a fall of 8% from last week’s tally of 846,000. AEW scored a 0.28 rating in the 18-49 demo while NXT trailed behind, garnering a 0.24 rating in the same.
This was the eleventh week in the Wednesday Night Wars, with AEW picking up eight wins, to NXT’s two (Survivor Series go-home episode and post Survivor Series episode). This was the first tie between the two shows and it has spiced up the interest in the viewership going forward.
The signs aren’t too concerning for NXT, which has had a stable run since their debut on USA Network. However, Dynamite has seen its viewership fall to one-half of what it was during the season premiere, which is rather concerning for the new company just two months into their stay on national television.
Dynamite this week featured an advertised Texas Street Fight between Young Bucks and Santana-Ortiz, while NXT had a massive main-event with Keith Lee, Finn Balor and Tommaso Ciampa fighting it out to determine the new number one contender for the NXT Championship.
The ratings will surely dip heading into the holiday season, and it will be interesting to see how the two shows fare next week. Chris Jericho will be taking on Jungle Boy in his last match of 2019, while former NXT and Universal Champion Finn Balor takes on Adam Cole for the NXT Championship.
Both the shows dropped in ratings from last week, which shouldn’t be a trend going forward.