Game 7 of the World Series leads to AEW & NXT declines

Originally published at

With AEW and NXT going against Game 7 of the World Series, both shows were hit hard on Wednesday.

The final game between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros drew 23,013,000 viewers on Fox including a 34 share among men 18-34 and 25 share with adults 50+.

AEW’s was down to 759,000 viewers on TNT representing a drop of 21% and NXT averaging 580,000 viewers on the USA Network, which was down 17%.

In many ways, this is a week to discount for both programs as it was an anomaly to be facing such major competition and next week’s numbers are much more indicative of where each is trending.

AEW managed to rank sixth among all cable programs with people 18-49 as they did a 0.33, which was down 27% and NXT posting a 0.18 in the demo down 14%.

Where AEW got slaughtered was among younger viewers as people 18-34 were down 51%, females 12-34 were down 65%, and males 12-34 were down 44%. The audience AEW has struggled with most, adults 50+, was unchanged from the week prior with a 0.25 both weeks.

NXT topped AEW among females 12-34 and adults 50+. They saw fewer erratic drops among the key demos with the largest being females 18-49 that dropped 31.5%. They also displayed gains among males 12-34 that were up 27% and people 18-49 that increased 15%.

Below is a breakdown among the key demographics:

P 18-49

AEW: 0.33 (-27%)
NXT: 0.18 (-14%)

F 18-49
AEW: 0.19 (-32%)
NXT: 0.13 (-31.5%)

M 18-49
AEW: 0.48 (-22.5%)
NXT: 0.23 (Even)

P 18-34
AEW: 0.19 (-51%)
NXT: 0.15 (+15%)

F 12-34
AEW: 0.07 (-65%)
NXT: 0.10 (-17%)

M 12-34
AEW: 0.24 (-44%)
NXT: 0.14 (+27%)

P 25-54
AEW: 0.38 (-17%)
NXT: 0.22 (-15%)

P 50+
AEW: 0.25 (Even)
NXT: 0.29 (-12%)

1 Like

Exactly, couldn’t agree more.

Let’s see what next weeks figures are before making judgments regarding losing/viewers…etc.

Going up against the deciding game in America’s national game was never going to go well for any show on any channel.

Meltzer says drop for AEW is more than expected. Bigger drop than NXT.

I’m telling you (Meltzer said same) that stuff like Orange Cassidy doesn’t play well on Tv

AEW and NXT both seem to be progressively declining in ratings though from week 1 to week 5. It’s far from panic button time, but it looks like this Wednesday Night War won’t bring about the next “boom” period in wrestling. At least not for a while.

1 Like

Dave Meltzer says the boom period is coming.

Thing is, there’s probably not going to be another “boom” in our lifetime…At least not in the ways we’ve defined it in the past.

Media is WAY to fragmented for anything other than live sports or big event shows (debates, series finales, etc.) to draw huge numbers on a regular basis.

I think it’s more accurate to say that we’re entering a “rasslin’ renaissance”. There’s more viable options than ever before, more places for talent to earn money than they’ve had in decades, and more TV networks willing to take a chance on the sport than we’ve seen in awhile.

You can probably make a strong argument that wrestling is more popular now than it was 5 years ago…But it’s not a boom. :100:

1 Like

Well NXT less than AEW. AEW is not at half their audience. After 4 weeks.

The fact AEW is still in the top 5 or 6 for the night is more than enough to keep Turner happy.

Consider this: best I can tell from the site that posts the ratings, Monday Night Raw Hour 2 and 3 are 6th and 7th, respectively on Mondays. AEW was 6th on Wednesday. But I think I may be reading that wrong because the total number isn’t close. Maybe it’s just share of 18-49 demo


Rankings are based on 18-49 I believe.

1 Like