AEW Dynamite's 1 January episode saw the show's viewership rebound in a major way, with an average of 967,000 people watching the Anniversary special across its two hours.
Tony Maglio of The Wrap confirmed the numbers earlier this afternoon:-
The 548,000 viewers that tuned in to NXT's year-end awards show represent a 34% decline on the 831,000 that caught WWE brand's unopposed 25 December episode.
Per Showbuzz Daily, AEW improved to 0.36 in the key 18-49 demographic compared to NXT's 0.15. This wasn't the case the last time these shows went head-to-head, with NXT edging AEW in the demo for the first time on 18 December.
That Dynamite bested NXT this week doesn't matter. It holds little significance as AEW presented loaded card against a skippable, clip-heavy WWE awards show, so AEW's victory was to be expected. What is worth celebrating, however, is the climb from 683,000 (18 Dec) to 967,000, with Dynamite scoring its largest viewership since 16 October (1.01 million).
It's unlikely that WWE will be too worried by these figures, given the circumstances. Still, more than 1.5 million people watched professional wrestling on New Year's Day. That's pretty awesome.
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