With NXT being a Year-End Awards special, AEW Dynamite handily outdrew the WWE brand on Wednesday, Jan. 1.
ShowBuzz Daily reports AEW Dynamite drew 967,000 total viewers, its highest viewership number since Oct. 16 and fourth-highest viewership number since the show premiered on TNT on Oct. 4. The number is well up from the Dec. 25 episode because there was no Dec. 25 episode due to Christmas. AEW Dynamite posted a 0.36 rating in the 18 to 49 demographic, good enough for 13th on the night among cable originals.
NXT had a tougher night, drawing 548,000 viewers. The number is down from the Dec. 25 episode, which drew 831,000 viewers against no AEW competition. It's the lowest viewership number the show has done since premiering on USA on Sept. 18. The show drew a 0.15 rating in the 18 to 49 demographic, down from last week's 0.22 rating in the same demographic. The show placed 66th among cable originals. Wednesday's episode of NXT was a Year-End Awards special with no live wrestling while the Christmas episode the week prior was a taped show.
Wednesday night on cable was won by ESPN's coverage of the Rose Bowl, which drew 15.698 million viewers and a 3.77 rating in the 18 to 49 demographic.
Both AEW and NXT will return to a normal schedule on Jan. 8 with live episodes.
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