Week 64 (we are not including last week in the competition due to the Brodie Lee tribute show) of the Wednesday Night War saw AEW Dynamite defeat WWE NXT in viewership and ratings.
Wednesday’s live New Year’s Smash Night 1 edition of Dynamite drew 662,000 viewers on TNT, while the live New Year’s Evil edition of NXT drew 641,000 viewers on the USA Network, according to Nielsen via Showbuzz Daily.
AEW ranked #48 in the Cable Top 150, while NXT ranked #68. AEW ranked #75 in viewership, while NXT ranked #80 in viewership. Last week’s Dynamite Brodie Lee tribute show drew 977,000 viewers and ranked #4 in the Cable Top 150, and #57 in viewership. Last week’s NXT drew 586,000 viewers and ranked #58 in the Cable Top 150, and #75 in viewership.
AEW drew a 0.25 rating in the 18-49 demographic while NXT drew a 0.16 in the same demo this week. Last week’s AEW show drew a 0.32 rating while the NXT episode drew a 0.19 in that demographic.
This was the lowest AEW Dynamite viewership and rating since the June 24 episode, which drew 633,000 viewers and a 0.22 rating in the key demo. This was the lowest NXT numbers since the December 9 episode, which drew 659,000 viewers with a 0.17 rating for the episode that aired after the “Takeover: WarGames 2020” event.
The cable news shows dominated cable on Wednesday night due to happenings in Washington, DC.