Wednesday Night Wars 10/14/2020 Ratings

Posted 10/16/2020
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AEW Dynamite
WWE Smackdown

This was Dynamite's one year anniversary show. This also means it's the one year anniversary of the Wednesday Nght Wars. And on this occasion, we saw the ratings for both shows improve after the Vice Presidential Debate took a toll on their ratings last week. The end result? Dynamite garnered another victory by scoring a 26.9% larger audience than NXT. Here are the details.

  • Dynamite's ratings took a big hit last week, but the AEW show was able to make up most of that lost ground this week. The size of the audience grew from 753,000 last week to 826,000 this week. That's a very big boost of 9.7%. Despite the larger audience, though, Dynamite's 18-49 demographics rating actually went down, which is rare since the show has traditionally attracted a younger fan base. It fell slightly from 0.31 last week to 0.30 this week. This made Dynamite the #15 show in the Cable Top 150 for that demogprahic.

  • NXT also saw its ratings plummet last week, and it too saw them climb back up this week. However, it was by a much lower margin. Its viewership increased from 639,000 last week to 651,000 this week. That is a small bump of 1.9%. Its 18-49 demographics rating correspondingly went up slightly. It improved from last week's 0.16 to this week's 0.17. This put NXT in the #51 spot in the Cable Top 150 for the 18-49 demographic.

Dynamite went all out with this anniversary show by featuring championship matches for all four of its titles. FTR took on Best Friends for the Tag Team Titles, Hikaru Shida faced off against Big Swole for the Women's Title, Cody battled against Orange Cassidy for the TNT Title, and World Champion Jon Moxley defended his title against challenger Lance Archer.

To combat AEW's programming, NXT showcased two #1 contenders matches and a North American Championship match. Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish battled Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch for the #1 contenders position for the Tag Team Titles, Candice LaRae took on Shotszi Blackheart for the #1 contenders spot for the Women's Title, and North American Champion Dexter Lumis defended his title against Damien Priest.

As for the two other major wrestling shows on television, it was good news for both Raw and Smackdown in terms of ratigs.

  • Raw's ratings seems to have been yo-yo'ing recently, and this week was no different. Perhaps due to the WWE Draft, the red brand saw a huge 10.0% jump in its viewership. Its audience grew from 1,686,000 viewers last week to 1,855,333 viewers this week. The show's 18-49 demographics rating also improved significantly as it increased from 0.52 last week to 0.57 this week.

  • Over on Friday night, Smackdown continued its slow and steady climb in the ratings. For the third week in a row, the show saw a small increase in the size of its audience. It went up from 2,155,000 viewers last week to 2,178,000 viewers this week. That's a increase of 1.1%. And for the thrid week in a row, Smackdown's 18-40 demographics rating remained at 0.6.

With this week's results, AEW's winning streak in the ratings now stands at ten weeks in a row. Overall, Dynamite's win-loss record is now 41-8-1 for viewership and 49-1 for the 18-49 demographic. This makes NXT's record 8-41-1 for viewership and 1-49 for the 18-49 demographic. After a year of competion, it is pretty obvious that AEW is emerging as the clear winner in the Wedneday Night Wars so far.

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