The Big LeadThe Big Lead

AEW Dynamite Tops NXT in Ratings Third-Straight Week.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 04: Chris Jericho attends the All Elite Wrestling panel during 2019 New York Comic Con at Jacob Javits Center on October 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for WarnerMedia Company)
Noam Galai/Getty Images

AEW Dynamite on TNT is the winner for the third-straight week in the "Wednesday Night Wars." The show's third episode was down just slightly from last week's 1.1 million viewers to 1 million. The WWE's NXT, which airs on the USA Network, averaged 712, 000 viewers. That show is down from 790,000 viewers the previous week.

If AEW can stay at or above 1 million weekly viewers, it will be a success. There are also plenty of reasons to believe the show's audience will grow. Not only has it beaten NXT in the ratings all three weeks, it has simultaneously been the best wrestling show quality-wise since it launched. And that also includes WWE's top shows RAW and SmackDown.

It's hard to see NXT topping AEW any week moving forward. The show would likely have rated better not going head-to-head with its competition, but the pros of WWE interfering with AEW's ratings outweigh what otherwise would be higher weekly numbers for NXT.