Originally published at NXT 2.0's "Championship Tuesday" falls against NBA programming
NXT 2.0’s “Championship Tuesday” saw its numbers fall with their lowest 18-49 audience since January.
The April 12th edition of the show promoted around three championship matches averaged 610,000 viewers and approximately 151,000 (0.12) in the 18-49 demographic, per Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics and Showbuzz Daily.
WWE NXT last night on USA Network:
P18-49: 0.12 (151,000)
Lowest demo on USA since Jan 18.
WWE Evil (Ric Flair) immediately following:
P18-49: 0.09 (119,000)
— Brandon Thurston (@BrandonThurston) April 13, 2022
It was the show’s lowest 18-49 number since January 18th and its lowest overall viewership since March 1st when it ran against the State of the Union address.
The show dropped to #47 among cable originals for Tuesday with a three percent drop in viewers, a 16 percent decline in the key demo, and a 20 percent loss among adults 18-34.
Tuesday’s cable programming was led by the NBA Play-In tournament with back-to-back games airing on TNT beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The first game between Cleveland and Brooklyn was second on cable with 2,477,000 viewers and 0.95 in 18-49 while the late game at 9:30 p.m. ET between the L.A. Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves finished first with 2,699,000 viewers and 1.06 in 18-49.
The show included a gauntlet match for the vacant NXT tag titles where Pretty Deadly defeated The Creed Brothers in the final match that also featured Brooks Jensen & Josh Briggs, Grayson Waller & Sanga, and Legado del Fantasma. Mandy Rose defended the women’s title against Dakota Kai and Cameron Grimes took on Solo Sikoa for the North American title in the other two championship matches on the show.
Immediately after NXT 2.0, an episode of WWE Evil featuring Ric Flair aired on the USA Network and averaged 293,000 viewers and 0.09 in 18-49 finishing #64 on cable.
In Canada, the show streamed live on Sportsnet Now due to NHL programming. Sportsnet 360 aired NXT 2.0 from Midnight to 2 a.m. ET and averaged approximately 29,000 viewers.