WWE NXT won the final installment of the Wednesday Night Wars, beating a suddenly slumping AEW Dynamite 768,000 to 688,000 as NXT aired TakeOver: Stand and Deliver during WrestleMania week.
NXT TakeOver: Stand and Deliver was a flawless, phenomenal show that deserved the win, and WWE will leave a one-sided Wednesday Night War with a good taste in its mouth as it prepares to debut on Tuesdays beginning April 13.
AEW Dynamite drew an average viewership of 688,000, down 1.7% from 700,000 last week yet still good enough for No. 5 in the18-34 demo. Still, this was AEW’s lowest number since January 6, which was also the last time AEW Dynamite viewership dipped below 700,000.
WWE NXT, which placed No. 11 in the Cable Top 150, garnered 768,000 viewers, up 17.4% from 654,000 viewers last week.
WWE NXT vs. AEW Dynamite Ratings: Wednesday, April 7, 2021
- AEW Dynamite Total Viewership—688,000
- AEW Dynamite Rating in 18-49 Demo—.28
- WWE NXT Total Viewership—768,000
- WWE NXT Rating in 18-49 Demo—.22
WWE NXT aired a loaded pay-per-view worthy show that doubled as its version of WrestleMania, with Night 2 set to air tonight. Despite an advertised AEW appearance by Mike Tyson, and even amid yet another Young Bucks “maybe, maybe not” heel-turn, viewers were clearly more connected to NXT’s wrestling-heavy show featuring matches that were built up over the course of weeks, if not months.
NXT’s audience figures to grow on Tuesday nights with no more head-to-head competition against AEW, and while the same could be said for AEW, the promotion has struggled as of late particularly with women viewers.
As pro wrestling closes this chapter of the Wednesday Night Wars and moves on to another, both shows are far more likely to avoid hot-shot booking without having to worry about sabotaging one another, yet the NXT-AEW link will persist among pro wrestling’s impassioned fanbase indefinitely.