The numbers are in for the January 8, 2020 episode of NXT On USA, and it is up in the air as to whether or not the news is considered good or bad.
On one hand, the news is pretty good as the show marked a strong increase in viewership compared to last week's special "Best Of" highlights and awards show.
After drawing 548,000 viewers for the "2019 NXT Year-End Awards Show" for the 1/1 episode that kicked off the New Year of 2020 for the WWE NXT brand, the show grew a significant amount in week-to-week viewership compared to their own show last week, as the 1/8 episode of NXT On USA this week drew 721,000 viewers.
On the other hand, the news is awful, as WWE's black-and-gold brand of WWE NXT was slaughtered by All Elite Wrestling (AEW) in the first actual live, two-hour head-to-head showdown of 2020 in the weekly Wednesday Night Wars.
The 721,000 viewer mark for NXT On USA this week fell quite a ways short of the final numbers for AEW Dynamite in the two-hour, head-to-head battle between WWE NXT and AEW -- the first actual live Wednesday Night Wars showdown of 2020 thus far -- as AEW Dynamite finished with 947,000 viewers on TNT for their "Anniversary Edition" show featuring the advertised "Tribute to Memphis Wrestling Legends."
In the coveted 18-to-49 year-old demographic, AEW also won in a landslide by securing a 0.36 rating to NXT's 0.19.
Featured below is the week-to-week Wednesday Night Wars viewership tracker, which dates back to the start of the weekly showdown between WWE's NXT On USA and AEW Dynamite.
1 - AEW Dynamite was simulcast on both TNT and TruTV.
2 - AEW Dynamite did not air this week; NXT airs a taped show.
3 - NXT show was a "Best of 2019" special.
How did #WWENXT's #NXTOnUSA fare in first REAL #WednesdayNightWar battle of #NewYear2020 against #AEW's #AEWDynamite (#AEWonTNT) show?— Matt Boone (@MattBoone1984) January 9, 2020
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