Wednesday Night Wars 09/30/2020 Ratings

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AEW Dynamite
WWE Smackdown

It was good news for wrestling shows this week as all four major wrestling shows saw an improvement in their ratings. With regards to the Wednesday Night Wars specifically, Dynamite once again came out ahead with a 18.3% larger audience than its USA counterpart, NXT. Here are the details.

  • This week, Dynamite saw a small gain in its audience. It went up from 835,000 viewers last week to 866,000 viewers this week. That's a small gain of 3.7%. The AEW show also saw an improvement in its 18-49 demographics rating. It increased from 0.32 last week to 0.33 this week.

  • NXT's improvement in the ratings was more significant than that of Dynamite's. The size of the audience went up by 5.2% as it grew from 696,000 viewers last week to 732,000 viewers this week. As for the black and gold brand's 18-49 demographics rating, it went up slightly from last week's 0.18 to this week's 0.19.

This week's Dynamite continues to build up matches and storylines for AEW's Full Gear pay-per-view next month. As AEW has become known for, the show featured great wresting action. In addition to showcasing young talents like Isiah Kassidy and Darby Allin, this episode also included the in-ring return of Britt Baker from her knee injury and Cody's response to Brodie Lee's challenge. Plus, we saw both the World Champion and Tag Team champions in action as Jon Moxley faced off against the Butcher and FTR took on SCU.

This was NXT's go-home episode before NXT Takeover 31 this weekend, so the show highlighted the storylines going into the event. This included champions Damien Priest and Io Shirai taking on their respective Takeover opponents Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae in a tag team match as the main event of the evening. Also, Shawn Michaels hosted a segment where NXT Champion Finn Balor and challenger Kyle O'Reilly discussed their upcoming championship match at Takeover.

As previously mentioned, both Raw and Smackdown saw improvements in their ratings as well.

  • We previously saw Raw's ratings decline for four consecutive weeks. But this week, the show made a big comeback with a increase of 9.3% in its viewership. The audience grew from 1,667,667 viewers last week to 1,822,333 viewers this week. The show's 18-49 demographics rating also improved significantly from 0.50 last week to 0.55 this week.

  • Smackdown took a big hit in the ratings last week, but it was able to make up a bit of that loss this week. The number of viewers went up from 2,037,000 last week to 2,110,000 this week. That's an improvement of 3.6%. The Friday night show's 18-40 demographics rating also improved with it going up from 0.5 last week to 0.6 this week.

At this point, it is like last month's hiatus in the Wednesday Night Wars never happened. Dynamite continues to consistently beat NXT in both the viewership and the 18-49 demographics rating. As the "demo god" Chris Jericho said in one of his recent tweets, this is now getting embarassing. This brings Dynamite's winning streak to eight weeks in a row. Overall, Dynamite's win-loss record is now 39-8-1 for viewership and 47-1 for the 18-49 demographic. As for NXT, its record is now 8-39-1 for viewership and 1-47 for the 18-49 demographic.

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