Wednesday Night Wars 10/21/2020 Ratings

Posted 10/23/2020
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AEW Dynamite
WWE NXT
WWE Raw
WWE Smackdown

All four major wrestling shows on television took a hit in their rathings this week, with Dynamite's ratings dropping by the largest margin. But thanks to the lead that the AEW show was able to build up last week, Dynamite was still able to come away with higher ratings this week. In this latest edition of the Wednesday Night Wars, the size of Dynamite's audience was 16.9% larger than that of NXT's. Here are the details.

  • On TNT, we saw Dynamite gain a big ratings boost last week only to lose it back this week. The number of viewers fell from 826,000 last week to 753,000 this week. That's a very big drop of 8.8%. Luckily for AEW, though, its 18-49 demographics rating remained the same as last week's at 0.30, placing the show at the #13 spot within the Cable Top 150 for that age group.

  • Although NXT's viewership also fell, it wasn't by anywhere near as big a margain as that of Dynamite's. The size of the audience only decreased by 1.1%, as it went down from 651,000 viewers last week to 644,000 viewers this week. The black and gold brand's 18-49 demographics rating also fell slightly. It dropped from 0.17 last week to 0.16 this week. This places the show in the #56 spot in the Cable Top 150 for the 18-49 demographic.

The matches on Dynamite this week were mainly centered around two things, a tournament to determine the #1 contender for the AEW World Championship and a four-way tag team bout whose winner will face current tag champions FTR at AEW's Full Gear pay-per-view. In addition, this episode also included "Le Dinner Debonair" between Chris Jericho and MJF. This segment featuring two of the company's top stars ended up surprising most fans and has generated a lot of mixed reactions to say the least.

Over on NXT, the main event was supposed to have been Breezango versus the Undisputed Era for the NXT Tag Team Championship. But after an attack on Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish, the match was changed to Breezango versus Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch instead. We also saw an action packed triple threat match between Kushida, Tommaso Ciampa, and Velveteen Dream after Dream interfered in a Kushida/Tommaso Ciampa match. And in a continuation of the Drake Maverick storyline, Drake Maverick and Killian Dain faced off against Ever-Rise.

In regards to WWE's red brand and blue brand, both shows saw significant declines in their ratings.

  • Raw's ratings continued their yo-yo pattern with a drop in viewership this week after last week's bump. The size of the audience declined from 1,855,333 people last week to just 1,776,667 people this week. That's a decrease of 4.2%. The show also saw a significant drop in its 18-49 demographics rating which fell from 0.57 last week to 0.52 this week.

  • Over on the Fox network, the direction of Smackdown's ratings changed course after four consecutive weeks of rising viewership. It went down from 2,178,000 viewers last week to 2,124,000 viewers this week. That's a decrease of 2.5%. As for the show's 18-40 demographics rating, it remained at 0.6 for the fourth week in a row.

Although Dynamite's ratings were a lot closer to NXT's this week, it was still an AEW victory in this week's Wednesday Night Wars. This makes the win-loss record for Dynamite 42-8-1 for viewership and 50-1 for the 18-49 demographic. As for NXT, its record now stands at 8-42-1 for viewership and 1-50 for the 18-49 demographic. As of this week, Dynamite's winning streak is now at eleven weeks in a row.

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