We are four weeks into the “Wednesday Night Wars” in which AEW on TNT goes head-to-head with NXT on the USA Network for two hours every week. Four weeks in and it is safe to say that AEW is ahead of NXT, but that could change as we see AEW fall below 1 million views for the first time this week.
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There was very strong sports competition in the US this week with The World Series knocking both shows down, but we will see the lasting effect in the coming weeks.
On week 1(October 2nd, 2019) AEW got their biggest rating to-date with nearly 1.5 million viewers, on that same week NXT got just under 900,000 on USA.
NXT was already on USA for two weeks before AEW debuted and got 1,179,000 on week one(September 18th) and 1,006,000 on week two(September 25th).
Following the debut of AEW: Dynamite on TNT, WWE released a statement congratulating All Elite Wrestling.
The statement read: “Congratulations to AEW on a successful premiere. The real winner of last night’s head-to-head telecasts of NXT on USA Network and AEW on TNT are the fans, who can expect Wednesday nights to be a competitive and wild ride as this is a marathon, not a one-night sprint.”
That statement says a lot, including how they knew they had lost week one. The statement also appears to indicate a willingness to go to “War” on a weekly basis. This was the first time that WWE had publicly acknowledged AEW’s existence. The statement is right in at least one aspect, and that is the real winners are indeed the fans as both shows have been red-hot.
I do expect the decline of viewers to lessen and hopefully start to rise, but this is all wishful speculation.
One thing is for sure, and that is I will be keeping a close eye on this story as it unfolds week after week.