All Elite Wrestling ringed in the new decade with a loaded show, filled with big-time matches and some interesting segments involving the who’s who of the company. After staying away on Christmas break last week, Dynamite returned with a Homecoming episode this week, airing live from Jacksonville, FL.
In comparison, NXT held a two-hour taped show featuring several award segments along with highlights of top matches from the yellow brand in 2019. There were a total of zero wrestling matches, zero storyline advancements and nothing substantial on the NXT show this week.
The initial ratings have made their way out, and AEW has hit a solid 967,000 viewership, which is their highest in almost three months and fourth-highest rating of all time. NXT managed to rake in 548,000 viewers, which is a stark contrast to the Dynamite rating this week.
In the crucial 18-49 demo, Dynamite had 467,000 viewers while NXT managed 195,000 viewers. Dynamite reportedly drew a 0.36 rating in the 18-49 demo.
Last week, NXT with no competition from AEW had drawn 831,000 viewers, despite a taped show featuring inconsequential matches. AEW had hit its second-lowest rating with a viewership of 683,000 on the Dec 18 episode, while NXT had managed to defeat AEW comfortably with 795,000 viewers that week.
Both the shows will return to full-fledged programming next week, as they build towards their respective PPVs set to take place next month. AEW Revolution will air on Leap Year Day while NXT Takeover: Portland will air on February 12. It is interesting to note that this is the first time in several years that no Takeover events will take place at Rumble weekend.
The New Year’s night was topped by the Rose Bowl game on ESPN, which drew a staggering 15.698 million viewers. Rose Bowl managed to get a solid 3.77 rating in the 18-49 demo.
NXT still has only three wins over Dynamite, and they will look to bounce back strongly next week.