The debut of NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal was a hit with viewers as last night’s AEW Dynamite averaged 934,000 viewers on TNT. That number is up 12.4 percent from last week.
Last night’s NXT averaged 692,000 viewers on the USA Network, down 5.7 percent from the previous week.
The demo numbers told a very interesting story. Despite the huge win in overall viewers, Dynamite was actually down 5.7 percent from last week in the 18-49 demo, drawing a 0.33 rating. Dynamite finished sixth on cable in that category.
NXT was up 11.1 percent from last week in the 18-49 demo, finishing 19th on cable with a 0.20 rating. That’s among the highest NXT has ever finished on the cable charts.
The combined wrestling audience of 1.626 million viewers was the highest since December 9 of last year and up 3.9 percent from last week.
Dynamite did not lose a single major demo category, including winning in people over 50 with a 0.38 rating to NXT’s 0.32. The closest categories were females 12-34 — where both shows tied with a .08 rating — and women 18-49. Dynamite had a slim advantage of 0.17 to 0.16 in that category.
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The best demo for Dynamite was men 18-49. It finished second on cable with a 0.49 rating, only trailing the late NBA game.
Year-over-year, Dynamite was up 3.1 percent in viewers but down 5.7 percent in 18-49. NXT was down 3.6 percent in viewers and down 13 percent in 18-49.
Here’s a look at the last 10 weeks of overall viewership and 18-49 ratings for both shows: