AEW Dynamite Go-Home Show And WWE NXT Down In Viewership As Election Coverage Dominates Cable (www.wrestlinginc.com)

Week 56 of the Wednesday Night War saw AEW Dynamite defeat WWE NXT in viewership and ratings.

Both shows were down this week and were impacted by US Presidential Election fallout coverage on Wednesday night, which dominated cable TV like nothing we’ve seen in recent years.

Wednesday’s Full Gear go-home edition of Dynamite drew 717,000 viewers (-8.2% from last week) on TNT, topping the 610,000 viewers (-30%) garnered by NXT on the USA Network by 17.5%, according to Showbuzz Daily.

AEW ranked #56 in the Cable Top 150, while NXT ranked #68. AEW ranked #67 in viewership, while NXT ranked #72 in viewership.

Last week’s Dynamite episode drew 781,000 viewers and ranked #12 in the Cable Top 150, and #63 in viewership. Last week’s NXT Halloween Havoc episode drew 876,000 viewers and ranked #21 in the Cable Top 150, and #61 in viewership.

AEW drew a 0.30 rating in the 18-49 demographic (-6.3%) while NXT drew a 0.14 in the same demo (-44%) this week. Last week’s AEW show also drew a 0.30 rating while the NXT episode drew a 0.16 in that demographic.

This was the sixth-lowest NXT viewership of 2020, and the ninth-lowest AEW viewership of the year. The 0.14 rating was one of the lowest 18-40 demo numbers for NXT. They also drew a 0.14 rating on July 15, and a 0.13 on May 20. This was the lowest Wednesday night viewership for Dynamite since July 8 when Fyter Fest Night 2 drew 715,000 viewers, but they’ve had other shows before that which drew lower earlier in the year. AEW’s 0.30 rating in the key demographic is in the neighborhood of what they’ve been drawing.

CNN’s Presidential Election coverage at 9pm topped the night in the 18-49 demographic on the Cable Top 150, with a whopping 2.37 rating. The 9pm CNN Election coverage also topped the night on cable in viewership with 7.923 million viewers.

The Masked Singer on FOX topped the night on network TV in viewership with an average of 6.562 million viewers. The Masked Singer also took the #1 spot in the 18-49 demographic with a 1.7 rating.

Below is our 2020 NXT Viewership Tracker:

January 1 Episode: 548,000 viewers with a 0.15 rating in the 18-49 demographic
January 8 Episode: 721,000 viewers with a 0.19 rating in the 18-49 demographic
January 15 Episode: 700,000 viewers with a 0.21 rating in the 18-49 demographic
January 22 Episode: 769,000 viewers with a 0.24 rating in the 18-49 demographic
January 29 Episode: 712,000 viewers with a 0.22 rating in the 18-49 demographic (post-Worlds Collide/Royal Rumble episode)
February 5 Episode: 770,000 viewers with a 0.22 rating in the 18-49 demographic
February 12 Episode: 757,000 viewers with a 0.24 rating in the 18-49 demographic
February 19 Episode: 794,000 viewers with a 0.25 rating in the 18-49 demographic (post-Takeover episode)
February 26 Episode: 717,000 viewers with a 0.23 rating in the 18-49 demographic
March 4 Episode: 718,000 viewers with a 0.23 rating in the 18-49 demographic
March 11 Episode: 697,000 viewers with a 0.21 rating in the 18-49 demographic
March 18 Episode: 542,000 viewers with a 0.16 rating in the 18-49 demographic (WWE PC episode with no live matches)
March 25 Episode: 669,000 viewers with a 0.20 rating in the 18-49 demographic
April 1 Episode: 590,000 viewers with a 0.15 rating in the 18-49 demographic
April 8 Episode: 693,000 viewers with a 0.19 rating in the 18-49 demographic
April 15 Episode: 692,000 viewers with a 0.17 rating in the 18-49 demographic
April 22 Episode: 665,000 viewers with a 0.18 rating in the 18-49 demographic
April 29 Episode: 637,000 viewers with a 0.16 rating in the 18-49 demographic
May 6 Episode: 663,000 viewers with a 0.18 rating in the 18-49 demographic
May 13 Episode: 604,000 viewers with a 0.15 rating in the 18-49 demographic
May 20 Episode: 592,000 viewers with a 0.13 rating in the 18-49 demographic
May 27 Episode: 731,000 viewers with a 0.19 rating in the 18-49 demographic
June 3 Episode: 715,000 viewers with a 0.20 rating in the 18-49 demographic
June 10 Episode: 673,000 viewers with a 0.16 rating in the 18-49 demographic
June 17 Episode: 746,000 viewers with a 0.20 rating in the 18-49 demographic
June 24 Episode: 786,000 viewers with a 0.19 rating in the 18-49 demographic
July 1 Episode: 792,000 viewers with a 0.22 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Great American Bash Night 1)
July 8 Episode: 759,000 viewers with a 0.20 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Great American Bash Night 2)
July 15 Episode: 631,000 viewers with a 0.14 rating in the 18-49 demographic
July 22 Episode: 615,000 viewers with a 0.17 rating in the 18-49 demographic
July 29 Episode: 707,000 viewers with a 0.18 rating in the 18-49 demographic
August 5 Episode: 753,000 viewers with a 0.20 rating in the 18-49 demographic
August 12 Episode: 619,000 viewers with a 0.16 rating in the 18-49 demographic
August 19 Episode: 853,000 viewers with a 0.24 rating in the 18-49 demographic (No AEW competition)
August 26 Episode: 824,000 viewers with a 0.24 rating in the 18-49 demographic (No AEW competition)
September 1 Episode: 849,000 viewers with a 0.26 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Tuesday Airing, No AEW competition)
September 8 Episode: 838,000 viewers with a 0.22 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Tuesday Airing, No AEW competition)
September 16 Episode: 689,000 viewers with a 0.18 rating in the 18-49 demographic
September 23 Episode: 696,000 viewers with a 0.18 rating in the 18-49 demographic
September 30 Episode: 732,000 viewers with a 0.19 rating in the 18-49 demographic
October 7 Episode: 639,000 viewers with a 0.16 rating in the 18-49 demographic (post-Takeover episode)
October 14 Episode: 651,000 viewers with a 0.17 rating in the 18-49 demographic
October 21 Episode: 644,000 viewers with a 0.16 rating in the 18-49 demographic
October 28 Episode: 876,000 viewers with a 0.25 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Halloween Havoc episode)
November 4 Episode: 610,000 viewers with a 0.14 rating in the 18-49 demographic
November 11 Episode:

2019 Total: 10.209 million viewers over 13 episodes
2019 Average: 785,307 viewers per episode

Below is our 2020 AEW Dynamite Viewership Tracker:

January 1 Episode: 967,000 viewers with a 0.36 rating in the 18-49 demographic
January 8 Episode: 947,000 viewers with a 0.36 rating in the 18-49 demographic
January 15 Episode: 940,000 viewers with a 0.38 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Bash at the Beach episode)
January 22 Episode: 871,000 viewers with a 0.35 rating in the 18-49 demographic
January 29 Episode: 828,000 viewers with a 0.34 rating in the 18-49 demographic
February 5 Episode: 928,000 viewers with a 0.36 rating in the 18-49 demographic
February 12 Episode: 817,000 viewers with a 0.30 rating in the 18-49 demographic
February 19 Episode: 893,000 viewers with a 0.31 rating in the 18-49 demographic
February 26 Episode: 865,000 viewers with a 0.30 rating in the 18-49 demographic
March 4 Episode: 906,000 viewers with a 0.35 rating in the 18-49 demographic (post-Revolution episode)
March 11 Episode: 766,000 viewers with a 0.26 rating in the 18-49 demographic
March 18 Episode: 932,000 viewers with a 0.35 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Limited crowd episode)
March 25 Episode: 819,000 viewers with a 0.34 rating in the 18-49 demographic
April 1 Episode: 685,000 viewers with a 0.25 rating in the 18-49 demographic
April 8 Episode: 692,000 viewers with a 0.26 rating in the 18-49 demographic
April 15 Episode: 683,000 viewers with a 0.25 rating in the 18-49 demographic
April 22 Episode: 731,000 viewers with a 0.25 rating in the 18-49 demographic
April 29 Episode: 693,000 viewers with a 0.27 rating in the 18-49 demographic
May 6 Episode: 732,000 viewers with a 0.28 rating in the 18-49 demographic
May 13 Episode: 654,000 viewers with a 0.23 rating in the 18-49 demographic
May 20 Episode: 701,000 viewers with a 0.26 rating in the 18-49 demographic
May 27 Episode: 827,000 viewers with a 0.32 rating in the 18-49 demographic
June 3 Episode: 730,000 viewers with a 0.29 rating in the 18-49 demographic
June 10 Episode: 677,000 viewers with a 0.23 rating in the 18-49 demographic
June 17 Episode: 772,000 viewers with a 0.28 rating in the 18-49 demographic
June 24 Episode: 633,000 viewers with a 0.22 rating in the 18-49 demographic
July 1 Episode: 748,000 viewers with a 0.29 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Fyter Fest Night 1)
July 8 Episode: 715,000 viewers with a 0.28 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Fyter Fest Night 2)
July 15 Episode: 788,000 viewers with a 0.29 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Fight for the Fallen)
July 22 Episode: 845,000 viewers with a 0.32 rating in the 18-49 demographic
July 29 Episode: 773,000 viewers with a 0.30 rating in the 18-49 demographic
August 5 Episode: 901,000 viewers with a 0.36 rating in the 18-49 demographic
August 12 Episode: 792,000 viewers with a 0.32 rating in the 18-49 demographic
August 22 Episode: 755,000 viewers with a 0.31 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Saturday Airing, No NXT competition)
August 27 Episode: 813,000 viewers with a 0.29 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Thursday Airing, No NXT competition)
September 2 Episode: 928,000 viewers with a 0.36 rating in the 18-49 demographic (No NXT competition)
September 9 Episode: 1.016 million viewers with a 0.37 rating in the 18-49 demographic (No NXT competition)
September 16 Episode: 886,000 viewers with a 0.34 rating in the 18-49 demographic
September 23 Episode: 835,000 viewers with a 0.32 rating in the 18-49 demographic
September 30 Episode: 866,000 viewers with a 0.33 rating in the 18-49 demographic
October 7 Episode: 753,000 viewers with a 0.31 rating in the 18-49 demographic
October 14 Episode: 826,000 viewers with a 0.30 rating in the 18-49 demographic (Anniversary Episode)
October 21 Episode: 753,000 viewers with a 0.30 rating in the 18-49 demographic
October 28 Episode: 781,000 viewers with a 0.32 rating in the 18-49 demographic
November 4 Episode: 717,000 viewers with a 0.30 rating in the 18-49 demographic
November 11 Episode: