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AEW Dynamite ratings top WWE NXT, NXT up from last week

Despite the return of live sports in the form of Major League Baseball as competition, the total Wednesday night wrestling audience was up to 1.48 million viewers last night, 1.5 percent higher than the previous week. AEW Dynamite had the higher viewership this week with 773,000 viewers as opposed to 707,000 for NXT.

Despite a loaded show with two title matches and every champion in action, Dynamite's audience on TNT was down 8.5 percent from last week. In the 18-49 demo, the show averaged a 0.30 rating, down 6.3 percent from last week. Dynamite ranked sixth on cable in that category. 

NXT on the USA Network was up 15 percent from last week in total viewers. In 18-49, NXT was up 5.9 percent, averaging a 0.18 rating and finishing 28th on cable in that important demo. 

The total audience of 1.480 million viewers was higher than the third hour of Raw this week and the combined 18-49 rating of 0.48 beat out the three-hour average of Raw, which was 0.47. Those numbers would've been unthinkable just a few months ago. 

The key to the NXT resurgence was in people over 50. After narrowing the gap to 0.02 last week, AEW dropped to a 0.27 in that demo, while NXT drew a 0.37. So the same number of people in that category (0.64 combined) watched both weeks, but almost 18 percent of them switched from AEW to NXT for whatever reason. 

AEW won every other category and the gaps were similar to what they've been in previous weeks. One notable category was females 12-34, where AEW averaged a 0.15 rating. Raw this week, in the same category, averaged a 0.14. So even with competition, AEW beat them. 

Here's a look at the last 10 weeks of viewership and 18-49 demo numbers for both shows: