NXT has been on a roll in recent weeks, and this week the show aired on Christmas evening. The Wednesday Night Wars were put on a hold, as NXT did not have any competition from AEW, who took a break from weekly programming this week.
With no competition from the rival company, NXT ratings saw a spike, despite it being a taped show on Christmas. Christmas shows have historically suffered heavily due to audiences switching to several other Christmas specials and movies airing on television at that time, but NXT surprisingly managed to hold its own.
According to ShowBuzz Daily, the NXT show this week averaged 831,000 viewers, which is up from the 795,000 viewership last week. The last episode of NXT from this week didn’t have many storyline advancements and was filled with matches with not many stakes attached.
The night was topped by a game between Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics on ESPN, which pulled in 3.3 million viewers. TNT aired A Christmas Story 24 Hour Marathon, which was the reason behind Dynamite staying off TV this week.
NXT scored a 0.22 rating in the key 18-49 demo, which is down from 0.27 from last week. NXT stood 29th in the Cable Top 150 for the week. The matches for NXT were a combination of a taping from Dec 18 NXT’s episode and Dec 20 SmackDown Episode from the Barclays Center.
Both the shows involved in the Wednesday Night Wars have big things planned for the first episode of the new decade, as AEW Dynamite has a packed card featuring an all-star trio match between The Elite and Lucha Bros w/ PAC. NXT will announce the 2020 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic participants along with the Year-End Awards for NXT.
NXT was helped by no competition from the Tony Khan-led show this week, but next week will surely be an interesting battle once again, as AEW has struggled to overcome NXT in the last few weeks.