Wednesday Night Wars 12/23/2020 Ratings

Posted 12/25/2020
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AEW Dynamite
WWE NXT
WWE Raw
WWE Smackdown

Due to an NBA game, Dynamite was pushed back tp 10 PM this week. This means that despite airing on the same night, Dynamite and NXT did not directly compete against each other. Yet, the ratings for both shows went down due to the holidays. NXT's ratings did go down by a higher margin, though, which means it was another victory for Dynamite this week in both viewership and the 18-49 demographic. Here are the details.

  • Even though Dynamite had a competitive NBA game as a lead-in, it still saw a drop in its ratings this week. The size of the audience fell from 806,000 viewers last week to 775,000 viewers this week. That's a drop of 3.8%. The show's 18-49 demographics rating, however, remained the same as last week's at 0.32. Among cable television for the night, Dynamite came in at #5 spot for the 18-49 demographic and the #68 spot for overall viwership.

  • Like most other television shows, NXT wasn't immune to the ratings drop that traditionally comes with the holidays. Its viewership fell from 766,000 last week to 698,000 this week, a drop of 8.9%. Interestingly, like Dynamite, NXT's 18-49 demographics rating also remained the same as last week's. Once again, it scored a 0.19 rating. Among cable television for the night, these ratings placed NXT at the #40 spot for the 18-49 demographic and the #71 spot for overall viewership.

Last week, Smackdown's ratings improved while Raw's plumetted. This week, the roles have been reversed.

  • Smackdown's ratings took a dramatic downturn this week. However, that is to be expected since the show aired on the FS1 network this week instead of its usual home of FOX due to Pac-12 football. And given that FS1 is a cable network and FOX is a broadcast network, the size of the audience that the show can reach was much smaller. The viewerwship went down by an enormous 53.3% as the size of the audience decreased from 2,206,000 last week to 1,030,000 this week. Similarly, the show's 18-49 demographics ratings fell from 0.6 last week to 0.3 this week. Among cable television for the night, this put Smackdown at the #5 spot for the 18-49 demographic and the #28 spot for overall viewership.

  • Last week, Raw hit an all-time low in its ratings, setting off alarm bells for both the WWE and the USA network. Fortunately, the red brand was able to make a sizable rebound this week. The audience grew from 1,526,667 viewers last week to 1,691,000 viewers this week. That's a huge improvement of 10.8%. The show's 18-49 demographics rating also made a comeback. It went up from 0.41 last week to 0.53 this week. Among cable television for the night, Raw came in at #4 for the 18-49 demographic and #22 for overall viewership.

Next week, Dynamite and NXT will be returning to head-to-head competition. To try to keep viewership up during the holidays, AEW has already labeled the next two weeks of Dynamite as special New Year's Smash episodes. So that might give Dynamite the edge in next week's Wednesday Night Wars. For now, though, this week's AEW victory makes Dynamite's win-loss record 49-10-1 for viewership and 59-1 for the 18-49 demographic. Conversely, this makes NXT's record 10-49-1 for viewership and 1-59 for the 18-49 demographic.

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