TV Ratings - Contrasting AEW and WWE

Most wrestling fans will tell you; Wednesday night is the must-see wrestling night as you have AEW and NXT both running their shows providing us with fantastic entertainment and for 2-4 hours we as fans can shut out the world and enjoy some great wrestling.


But is it really must see and is it really helping wrestling take its place back into the fandom and become must watch TV. Let us take a dive down the rabbit hole and look.


NXT - Month by Month

  • February 2020 total 3,038,000

  • March 2020 total 2,626,000 (41,200 less)

  • April 2020 total 3,277,000 (651,000 more)

  • May 2020 total 2,590,000 (687,000 less)

  • June 2020 total 2,920,000 (330,000 more)

  • July 2020 total 3,504,000 including Great American Bash (584,000 more)

  • August 2020 total 3,049,000 (455,000 less)

  • September 2020 total 3,108,000 (59,000 more)

  • October 2020 total 2,810,000 including Halloween Havoc. (298,000 less)

  • November 2020 total 2,592.000 (218,000 less)

  • December 2020 total 3,367,000 (775,000 more)

  • January 2021 total 2,571,000 (796,000 less)

All shows, 12 month period total – 32,717,800 views.


Looking at the numbers NXT’s best month was July which included Great American Bash and did 3,504,000 views. Their worse month was January with 2,571,000 views. NXT has had 6 months under 3 million monthly views Jan, Nov, June, May, March. They were not able to get over 4 million in a month but, when you compare that to Smackdown they cover 4 million in 2 weeks and RAW is not far behind. The differences between the months are large as well with the biggest drop being between December and January with 796,000 less views.


AEW - Month by Month

  • February 2020 total 3,503,000

  • March 2020 total 3,423,000 (80,000 less)

  • April 2020 total 3,484,000 (61,000 more)

  • May 2020 total 2,914,000 (570,000 less)

  • June 2020 total 2,812,000 (102,000 less)

  • July 2020 total 3,869,000, Fyter Fest and Fight for the fallen (1,057,000 more)

  • August 2020 total 3,261,000 (608,000 less)

  • September 2020 total 5,115,000 (1,854,000 more)

  • October 2020 total 3,113,000 (2,002,000 less)

  • November 2020 total 3,043,000 (70,000 less)

  • December 2020 total 4,466,000; Winter is Coming, Holiday Bash and Brodie Lee Tribute. (1,423,000 more)

  • January 2021 total 3,012,000 New year’s smash (1,454,000 less)

Total views 42,015,000

Looking at AEW’s numbers, their best month was September with a massive 5,115,000 views, with their lowest views being June with 2,812,000. AEW’s biggest drop was between September and October with 2,002,000 less views. AEW only got over 4 million monthly views twice, but only had two months under 3 million.

Now let’s look at the month to month winner

AEW vs NXT monthly

  • Feb – AEW 465,000 more

  • March – AEW 797,000 more

  • April – AEW 207,000 more

  • May – AEW 324,000 more

  • June – NXT 108,000 more

  • July- AEW 365,000 more

  • August – AEW 212,000 more

  • September – AEW 2,007,000 more

  • October – AEW 303,000 more

  • November – AEW 451,000 more

  • December – AEW 1,099,000 more

  • January – AEW 441,000 more

Difference February 2020 to January 2021, 9,297,200 total views in favour of AEW

AEW lost the month of June which was their worse month and NXT’s best month. The biggest gap between the numbers was in September with AEW doing 2,007,000 more views then NXT and the closest gap was in June when NXT won with a 108,000 view difference. The month to month difference is all over the place but the gaps when AEW win are all over 200,000 views.


Now let’s look at total views for both shows.


Wednesday Night Wrestling Viewership

  • February 2020 total 6,541,000

  • March 2020 total 6,049,000 (492,000 less)

  • April 2020 total 6,761,000 (712,000 more)

  • May 2020 total 5,504,000 (1,257,000 less)

  • June 2020 total 5,732,000 ( 232,000 more)

  • July 2020 total 7,365,000 (1,633,000 more)

  • August 2020 total 6,049,000 (1,316,000 less)

  • September 2020 total 8,223,000 (2,174,000 more)

  • October 2020 total 5,923,000 (2,300,000 less)

  • November 2020 total 5,635,000 (288,000 less)

  • December 2020 total 7,833,000 (2,198,000 more)

  • January 2021 5,583,000 (2,250,000 less)

Total year views 74,732,800