AEW Dynamite came off its Revolution pay-per-view with an episode that finished fourth on cable but declined in viewership from last week.
NXT presented a loaded championship edition of its program along with the promise of two “game-changing announcements” that led to a virtually identical number of viewers from the previous week while finishing #25 among cable programs.
The only NBA game was on NBA TV with 307,000 viewers watching San Antonio vs. Dallas. South Park “The Vaccination Special” dominated the cable chart with a 0.82 in the 18-49 demo and 1,740,000 viewers on Comedy Central.
AEW finished with 743,000 viewers and a 0.32 in the 18-49 demographic behind an episode of South Park, MTV’s The Challenge, and Real Housewives of New Jersey for the fourth spot on the cable charts. While its demo figure only dropped by 3 percent, the overall viewership declined 20.4 percent from last week’s episode featuring Shaquille O’Neal.
The loss was felt among its 50+ audience that dropped by 34 percent and males 12-34 down by 41 percent from last week’s figure. The 18-34 audience also fell 22 percent as the key areas that lost viewers from last week.
It was a return to the normal pattern where AEW dominated NXT in the key demos except adults over 50, which NXT regained after losing that demo last week.
The AEW number would be disappointing considering the boost they experienced for last week’s novelty involving Shaq and the buzz coming off a pay-per-view that included the first appearance on Dynamite for Christian Cage.
NXT finished with 691,000 viewers and a 0.18 in the 18-49 demographic. It is worth noting that NXT had a seven-minute overrun, which likely inflated their number as overruns typically do. NXT’s viewership was basically identical to the week prior with 692,000 while the demo dropped by 10 percent. It was a disappointment given they promoted and delivered two major title matches, added a third title match during the show, and plugged two announcements and couldn’t grow its audience nor was it a case where AEW had a big surge either.
NXT rebounded in the adult 50+ audience, which was up 22 percent and was its largest gain from last week. They fell 37.5 percent with females 12-34 and 25 percent with females 18-49. A bright spot was that they maintained their audience with adults 18-34, which was up by 33 percent last week and stayed even this week.
In Canada, neither show cracked the top ten sports programs meaning they both were below 113,500 viewers.
Here is a breakdown of the key demos between both shows:
AEW: 0.32 (-3 percent)
NXT: 0.18 (-10 percent)
AEW: 0.19 (+12 percent)
NXT: 0.12 (-25 percent)
AEW: 0.45 (-8 percent)
NXT: 0.23 (-4 percent)
AEW: 0.14 (-22 percent)
NXT: 0.08 (Even)
AEW: 0.10 (+25 percent)
NXT: 0.05 (-37.5 percent)
AEW: 0.13 (-41 percent)
NXT: 0.09 (-10 percent)
AEW: 0.37 (-7.5 percent)
NXT: 0.23 (-8 percent)
AEW: 0.25 (-34 percent)
NXT: 0.39 (+22 percent)