The penultimate installment of AEW Dynamite aired last week literally shocked wrestling fans around the world with the debut of legendary WWE Hall of Famer and former WCW and TNA world champion Sting. After seeing the iconic face of the Turner federation debut in the Khan family company, with Sting reuniting with several other former WWE stars on Dynamite and TNT's televisions, the Wednesday night war has begun stronger than ever with WWE NXT, which apparently has now been overtaken by the McMahon competition in a strong and clear way.
AEW Dynamite was the number two show on cable
Already after the debut last week, one had to imagine that Dynamite would have beaten the NXT show this Wednesday in terms of TV ratings and so it did. The announced and long-awaited segment of Sting's first speech in front of the cameras of the number 2 company of America, in fact, scored almost 1 million viewers tuned to TNT on Wednesday evening, with WWE instead stopped well before.
According to what was reported by the important TV news site, ShowBuzz Daily, the AEW totaled 995,000 viewers on Wednesday evening, while NXT would have settled at 659,000. The AEW show would therefore be the second most-watched show of the day, with 45% of the 18 to 49-year-old demographic being brought home.
Not even the on-screen return of former NXT Champion Karrion Kross would have helped WWE regain lost ground to AEW, with the Khan family's company appearing to be getting stronger both on television and in fame. The last big "purchases" arrived at Dynamite, were in fact the ex-famous basketball player of the American NBA, Shaquille O'Neal, who also appeared at Dynamite and the future appearance of Snoop Dogg always in the weekly edition of the show, which although not has yet arrived has already sent the WWE into a rage, which in the past has collaborated several times with the rapper, so much so as to bring him to Wrestlemania.
In the all-important 18-49 demographic, AEW once again came out on top with a sizable increase from 0.42 to 0.45. This figure topped last week's rating as their highest demo of 2020. Meanwhile, NXT saw a slight rise in the demo from last week, as they went from 0.16 to 0.17.
While NXT might have lost the week, at least their ratings climbed. In more good news for the black-and-gold brand, NXT did make the top 50 on cable, placing 37th for the evening. AEW Dynamite came in second overall on cable for the evening. Funnily enough, they only lost to former WWE wrestler Lio Rush and the MTV show, "Challenge: Double Agent."