AEW Dynamite Defeats WWE NXT - NXT Rebounds Substantially, AEW Bumps Up a Little

Posted By James Walsh on 02/19/21


As we reported yesterday, numbers for both AEW Dynamite and WWE NXT were up this week, although Dynamite was still ahead with 747,000 viewers and a 0.31 rating (400,000 viewers), compared to NXT’s 713,000 viewers and 0.16 rating (202,000 viewers). Due to the President’s Day holiday, full details were not available, but the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has a more detailed look at the ratings including quarter to quarter.


Dynamite was up 0.8% in viewers and 6.4% in 18-49, while NXT was up 27.8% and 27%, respectively. Dynamite doubled NXT in every demo except 35-49, which was close. Of note, last year at this time, NXT had 2.3 times viewers in women 18-34 than AEW did, but AEW has 4.3 times more viewers in that same demographic as NXT now.

AEW had 73,000 viewers in men 18-34 (up 2.8% from last week), 43,000 in women 18-34 (up 30.3%), 199,000 in men 35-49 (up 7.6%) and 85,000 in women 35-49 (down 2.3%). NXT had 34,000 in men 18-34 (up 100%), 10,000 in women 18-34 (down 44.4%), 95,000 in men 35-49 (up 18.8%) and 73,000 in women 35-49 (up 65.9%). NXT had a large first quarter, their biggest in some kind, as the first thirty minutes were aided by NCIS as a lead-in. In the fifth quarter, NXt had more viewers than AEW but Dynamite had over double NXT’s rating in the key 18-49 demographic. It doubled NXT in the final five quarters of the night.


Here are the quarter-by-quarter numbers for AEW:

Q1: Matt Hardy & Hangman Page vs. TH2 – 772,000 viewers, 427,000 in 18-49
Q2: Inner Circle interview/Riho vs. Serena Deeb – 763,000 viewers (down 9,000), 428,000 in 18-49 (up 1,000)
Q3: End of Riho vs. Deeb/Shaquille O’Neal & Jade Cargill video – 789,000 viewers (up 26,000), 396,000 in 18-49 (down 32,000)
Q4: Orange Cassidy vs. Luther/Sting & Team Taz angle – 775,000 viewers (down 14,000), 389,000 in 18-49 (down 7,000)
Q5: The Young Bucks vs. Santana & Ortiz – 699,000 viewers (down 76,000), 376,000 in 18-49 (down 13,000)
Q6: End of Young Bucks vs. Santana & Ortiz/Rhodes baby gender reveal/FTR vs. Mike & Matt Sydal – 708,000 viewers (up 9,000), 387,000 in 18-49 (up 11,000)
Q7: End of FTR vs. Sydal Brothers/Jon Moxley interview – 728,000 viewers (up 20,000), 403,000 in 18-49 (up 16,000)
Q8: Jon Moxley, Lance Archer & Rey Fenix vs. The Butcher, The Blade & Eddie Kingston – 741,000 viewers (up 13,000), 394,000 in 18-49 (down 9,000)


And here’s the breakdown of NXT by quarters:

Q1: Fallout from NXT Takeover ft. Undisputed Era, Finn Balor, others – 997,000 viewers, 319,000 in 18-49
Q2: Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell vs. Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart – 772,000 viewers (down 225,000), 235,000 in 18-49 (down 84,000)
Q3: Pat McAfee video/KUSHIDA & Bronson Reed segment/Isaiah Scott vs. Leon Ruff – 703,000 viewers (down 69,000), 219,000 in 18-49 (down 16,000)
Q4: Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter vs. Aliyah & Jessi Kamea – 648,000 viewers (down 55,000), 177,000 in 18-49 (down 42,000)
Q5: Segment with MSK, Raquel Gonzalez, Dakota Kai, Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler – 702,000 viewers (up 54,000), 184,000 in 18-49 (up 7,000)
Q6: Toni Storm & Io Shira angle/KUSHIDA vs. Tyler Rust – 631,000 viewers (down 71,000), 157,000 in 18-49 (down 27,000)
Q7: Zoey Stark vs. Valentina Feroz/Karrion Kross video – 614,000 viewers (down 17,000), 162,000 in 18-49 (up 5,000)
Q8: Finn Balor, Roderick Strong & Kyle O’Reilly vs. Oney Lorcan, Danny Burch & Pete Dunne – 617,000 viewers (up 3,000), 163,000 in 18-49 (up 1,000)
Overrun: End of Six-Man Tag/Adam Cole attacks – 698,000 viewers (up 81,000), 202,000 in 18-49 (up 39,000)