Week 78 of the Wednesday Night War saw WWE NXT defeat AEW Dynamite in viewership, but not in ratings. This is the final head-to-head battle for the two brands as NXT is moving to Tuesdays beginning next week. Wednesday’s new edition of Dynamite drew 688,000 viewers on TNT, while the live “Takeover: Stand and Deliver” Night One edition of NXT drew 768,000 viewers on the USA Network, according to Nielsen via Showbuzz Daily. It should be noted that Takeover also aired via the WWE Network on Peacock, offering no commercials. Viewership for Peacock is not available.
AEW ranked #5 in the Cable Top 150, while NXT ranked #11. AEW ranked #61 in viewership, while NXT ranked #59 in viewership. Last week’s Dynamite show drew 700,000 viewers and ranked #7 on the Cable Top 150, and #69 in viewership. Last week’s NXT go-home show drew 654,000 viewers and ranked #12 on the Cable Top 150, and #70 in viewership. AEW drew a 0.28 rating in the 18-49 demographic while NXT drew a 0.22 in the same demo this week. Last week’s AEW show drew a 0.26 rating while the NXT episode drew a 0.21 in that demographic.
NXT viewership topped AEW by 11.63% this week, while AEW’s 18-49 key demo rating topped NXT by 27.27%.
Dynamite was down 1.7% in total viewers this week, but up 7.7% in the 18-49 key demographic rating. This was the second lowest Dynamite viewership of this year, behind the January 6 show that went up against news coverage of the Capitol riot. It was tied with the March 17 show for the third lowest rating in the key demo behind last week and the January 6 show. This week’s AEW viewership was down 0.6% from the same week in 2020, while the key demo rating was up 7.7% from the same week in 2020.
NXT viewership was up 17.4% from last week, and up 4.8% in the 18-49 key demo rating. This was the best NXT audience for the year, and the best 18-49 rating. Again, these numbers do not include the viewership from the Peacock/WWE Network airing, which offered no commercials to viewers. This week’s NXT viewership was up 10.8% from the same week in 2020, while the key demo rating was up 15.8% from the same week in 2020.