AEW Dynamite Viewership Falls After Reaching Over 1 Million Viewers In Successive Weeks
After recording over one million viewers in two straight weeks, AEW Dynamite viewership dropped considerably this week.
According to Showbuzz Daily, this week’s episode of Dynamite recorded 889,000 viewers.
Although this week’s numbers are well below the ratings for the Apr. 14 and Apr. 21 shows, this marks the fourth-most watched episode of Dynamite in 2021, per WrestlingInc.com’s viewership tracker.
The Apr. 14 episode, which marked the first week without any competition from WWE NXT, reached 1.219 million viewers, Last week’s show garnered 1.104 million viewers.
So in short, the lack of direct competition with NXT on Wednesday nights has predictably led to a strong increase in Dynamite viewership, with the last three shows placing among the most-watched episodes of 2021.
For what it’s worth, this week’s episode of WWE NXT recorded 744,000 viewers. Last week’s show recorded 841,000 viewers, marking the most-watched NXT episode of 2021.
The previous show garnered 805,000 viewers. So yes, NXT’s move to Tuesdays has been beneficial for both companies in terms of viewership.
The final episode of the “Wednesday Night Wars” saw NXT defeat Dynamite in the ratings. The first night of NXT TakeOver: Stand and Deliver recorded 768,000 viewers, while Dynamite reached 688,000.
Following NXT’s move over to Tuesday nights, Impact Wrestling decided to shift their weekly program over to Thursdays.
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Once again, TNT Champion Darby Allin defended his title in the main event of Dynamite. This time, Allin defeated Press10 Vance to retain the championship.
WWE & AEW Are Benefitting From The Move
The Wednesday Night Wars were obviously thrilling for wrestling fans and pundits. But both companies have obviously benefitted greatly following NXT’s move over to Tuesday nights. The ratings for both shows have rapidly increased, and that trend will likely continue over the long run.
But with Turner Sports agreeing to buy the NHL’s secondary television broadcast package, could it prompt officials to move Dynamite over to a different night, if they decide to broadcast games on Wednesdays? For all we know, WWE and AEW could end up competing again on Tuesdays in the future. We’ll just have to wait and see how things play out.