Hello and welcome back to a very exciting week for the wrestling ratings. Before we start if you'd like to look at last week's ratings you can do that here: https://www.prowrestlingmusings.com/post/the-wednesday-night-ratings-3-9-20.
AEW had a big week, on their last uncontested Wednesday night of the year (as far as we know) they finally broke the 1 million barrier in P2+. This is the first time they've done this since their third episode and the 1,016,000 viewers is their third best number ever. While I think the hype behind the 1 million is slightly overblown, with people acting like they'll never be a success with less than a million viewers, it's still a pretty noteworthy achievement. They also got a 0.37 in P18-49 which is their best since January 15th and their 8th best number of all time. While these aren't entirely fair to compare, with this week having no direct wrestling competition, it still shows that AEW would be doing a lot better without NXT head-to-head. Interestingly their main viewership gain this week was in P50+, jumping 15% from a 0.35 to a 0.4 while their P18-49 only increased 0.01 and their P18-34 was actually down.
NXT's Super Tuesday 2 held pretty steady with last week, they had a much less hyped title match but the addition of Rhea vs Mercedes in a steel cage would've also helped them. They drew 838,000 in P2+, down 11,000 from the 849,000 last week got, but this is within the error margin of Nielson that it's basically a wash and 0.22 in P18-49, down 15.4% from last week's 0.26. They did however drop back to 0.06 in F12-34, which is down 45.4% from last week, which make the 0.11 seem like a 1 week fluke. These are all very promising numbers, and show that a move to Tuesday's could help NXT a lot, but with AEW getting 1 million uncontested I don't think WWE will consider the move anytime soon.
Raw had a worse week, the novelty of the Thunderdome seems to have worn off, which combined with this being the first show not to follow a PPV in 3 weeks led to a 1,725,000 in P2+ and a 0.48 in P18-49 which are 9% and 15% drops from last week respectively. This continues the downward trend they've been facing for the last 3 weeks and if this does continue they could be settling back around the record lows they were facing a month ago.
Smackdown had an okay if slightly disappointing week as well, they dropped 5% in P2+ (2,181,000 to 2,065,500) and 8% in P18-49 (0.6 to 0.55). The Roman Reigns title reign isn't setting the world on fire ratings-wise so far but the numbers seem pretty steady and hopefully the (apparent) better booking will help them regain their lost viewers soon.
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