NXT 2.0 ranked sixth among cable originals on Tuesday night for the go-home episode leading into Worlds Collide this Sunday.
In contrast, one year ago this week, a 0.15 rating in the key demo would have had NXT ranking #29 among cable originals, and this year, that same rating led to a sixth-place finish as a sign of how much cable viewership is down.
The numbers were essentially flat with last week’s 678,000 viewers and 183,000 in 18-49.
In this week’s 18-49 breakdown, it was two different stories with male viewers up by 27% while female viewers in the demo fell 21% from last week.
It was a strong sign for adults 18-34, which were up 20% this week and was the highest in the demo since July 12th, which did the same number.
Males 12-34 did a 0.15 rating or 72,000, which is very big for that demo.
Adults 50+ dropped by 5% from last week.
NXT 2.0 ranked behind ESPN’s coverage of the U.S. Open Tennis tournament, and Fox News programming that occupied the #2-5 slots on cable.
The show included many surprise cameos from Raw and SmackDown talent to build up the title unification matches for Worlds Collide. The show featured Diamond Mine vs. Gallus in the featured match and closed with Carmelo Hayes being confronted by Ricochet to set up a North American title match for Sunday’s show.