As expected, the final game of the 2019 World Series resulted in a significant loss of audience for both AEW Dynamite and WWE NXT this Wednesday night.
Dynamite dropped from 963,000 viewers last week to just 759,000, slightly above half what they started with on the October 2 series premiere. NXT dropped from 698,000 to 580,000, which is actually less than half than the September 18 premiere on USA. That marks 5 consecutive weeks of loss for AEW, and 7 consecutive weeks for WWE’s black-and-yellow brand.
As noted, this was an insane week for competition, and not just because of the World Series. That was the bulk of it, as the game was watched by 21.2 million people. Chicago Med, Survivor and The Goldbergs generated another 18 million viewers, and that’s just for the 8PM block. So basically both companies got trounced by network TV on Wednesday night.
AEW was 6th for the night as far as cable goes, with a 0.3 rating in adults 18-49. NXT fell all the way to 32nd place with a 0.18 in the same demo. The NBA regular season game between Milwaukee and Boston, just another source of competition, was also watched by 947,000 people and did a 0.4 rating, coming in 3rd place for the night on cable.
Next week’s scores are going to be really telling. Both shows have dropped for the last 5 weeks going head-to-head, but it’s expected that they will at some point find their settling point that represents the “hardcore” fans who watch every week no matter what. Without the World Series, numbers are virtually guaranteed to go back up – but to what extent?