NXT 2.0 sees 19 percent increase in 18-49 after last week’s low figure

NXT 2.0 had a better week improving from last week’s disappointing number that followed the War Games special.

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NXT 2.0 had a better week improving from last week’s disappointing number that followed the War Games special.

The December 14th episode finished #36 among cable original on Wednesday with 561,000 viewers and approximately 176,000 (0.14) in the 18-49 demographic, per Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics and Showbuzz Daily.

The viewership average was actually down 5 percent from last week but the 18-49 number grew by 19 percent after last week’s surprisingly low figure of 148,000 in the key demo, which was NXT’s second-lowest demo audience on the USA Network since its Sept. 2019 premiere.

This was more of a bounce back from last week’s low as the NXT numbers were still on the low end and below the average for November (614,000 viewers and 184,000 in 18-49).

Compared with last week, NXT grew from 0.05 to 0.09 in adults 18-34 (80 percent), increased by 28.5 percent in males 18-49, and were up by 12.5 percent among females 18-49. Of the demos monitored by Showbuzz Daily, each category grew double-digits from the prior week except Adults 50+ that declined by 8.5 percent.

The major competition came from the Golden State Warriors vs. New York Knicks game that topped cable with 2,349,000 viewers and 0.79 in 18-49 on TNT.

The show was promoted around the in-ring debut of Harland, a match between Bron Breakker and Roderick Strong, and opened with a No Holds Barred match between Cameron Grimes and Duke Hudson.

In Canada, NXT 2.0 fell to 43,000 viewers on Sportsnet 360 from last week’s average of 49,000.

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