The rankings for Wednesday evening are formally in, and All Elite Wrestling defeated NXT for the second week in a row. AEW Dynamite completed with 1.01 million viewers and a 0.46 score in the 18-49 goal demographic (eighth general on cable). Meanwhile NXT completed all the best way down in 27th place with a 0.22 score and 790,000 viewers. While the week marks one other victory for AEW, it exhibits a decline for each exhibits. NXT posted its lowest score since leaping to USA by shedding 101,000 viewers whereas AEW dropped by 328,000 viewers.
There are a couple of elements you’ll be able to attribute to that. AEW’s 1.four million viewers from final week was doubtless boosted by the hype across the new firm’s premiere and curiosity for informal viewers. It additionally did not assist that cable was totally dominated by the MLB playoffs on Wednesday evening because the Cardinals/Braves and Nationals/Dodgers video games mixed for greater than 9 million viewers.
Still, a 29% victory is nothing to sneeze at. This week’s AEW featured Private Party beating The Young Bucks in the primary spherical of the AEW World Tag Team Championship match, Chris Jericho formally debut The Inner Circle faction, Darby Allin earn a shot at Jericho’s championship, Jon Moxley win his Dynamite debut and The Elite (plus MJF, Allin and Dustin Rhodes) battle off The Inner Circle to shut out the present. Meanwhile NXT opened with Lio Rush successful the NXT Cruiserweight Championship then adopted up with a formidable wins from Rhea Ripley and Roderick Strong. The present closed out with Walter cleanly pinning Kushida.
Here’s what’s on the docket for subsequent week:
- Dynamite — The Lucha Brothers vs. Jurassic Express and The Best Friends vs. SoCal Uncensored in tag match matches, Riho vs. Britt Baker for the AEW Women’s World Championship, Jericho vs. Allin for the AEW World Championship
- NXT — Keith Lee vs. Donovan Dijakovic, Pete Dunne vs. Damian Priest, Tommaso Ciampa’s return match towards Angel Garza and Tegan Nox vs. TBD.
WWE launched a press release previous to final week’s rankings report, congratulating AEW.
“Congratulations to AEW on a successful premiere,” the assertion learn. “The real winners of last night’s head-to-head telecasts of NXT on USA Network & AEW on TNT are the fans, who can expect Wednesday nights to be a competitive & wild ride as this is a marathon, not a one-night sprint.”
Moxley, who appeared at AEW’s panel at New York Comic Con final week, wasn’t impressed.
“So literally the entire industry all over the world is benefiting from the fact that now there’s a viable alternative,” Moxley mentioned. “And once we hit 10 o’clock and we got two hours in the can the other night and we were like, we did it, high five, there and now we got the ratings out, there is a viable alternative. You know what I mean? This is real. This actually happened. I’m sure there are a lot of people that are going to keep wanting to wake up from the nightmare and like, this isn’t really real, but oh, this is happening and this is 100% real.”
“And it’s great for everybody and it’s great most…and I don’t say this to try to do some corporate-speak like that passive-aggressive ass WWE statement the other day,” he added. “But it is, ultimately the fans benefit because they get to see these guys who are, all across the board are more inspired, or from the indies getting hyped up. All across the board, everybody’s more passionate.”