WWE NXT tops AEW Dynamite in viewership for the second week in succession

Finn Balor and Tommaso Ciampa go at it in the main event of NXT

We've hit the two month mark in the Wednesday Night Wars, and finally Vince McMahon's aggressive strategy when it comes to NXT seems to be paying off.

Vince and co have been very deliberate in their superstar choices and timings for the brand - which included Finn Balor's return to Wednesdays on the same night AEW Dynamite debuted on TNT.

And for the first time in their rivalry, NXT usurped AEW from the top wrestling spot on Wednesday nights, beating their viewership in the go-home show before Survivor Series on November 20.

That episode hit 916,000 live viewers in the United States, their highest since the second week of two-hour live shows on September 25, and they defeated Dynamite's figure of 893,000.

Demographic wise though, AEW topped NXT that night in the key 18-49 age range, hitting a 0.39 compared to NXT's 0.30.

And it was a similar story for last Wednesday's numbers, with the stats being delayed because of the Thanksgiving festivities.

The viewership numbers read bad for AEW, but that is only half of the story.

Rhea Ripley and Shayna Baszler's continuing feud helped NXT's viewership stay above AEW's

NXT were victorious yet again in viewership, despite dropping over 100,000 from the week before they managed to bring in 810,000 people the night before Thanksgiving.

Dynamite meanwhile flopped massively, only getting 663,000 viewers - over a 200,000 drop from the week prior.

The 18-49 demo though was won yet again by AEW, who trumped NXT 0.26 to 0.24.

Cody Rhodes and others will see that as a victory in itself, but there's also every chance that they'll be worried about the viewership dropped off - not to mention the live attendances not looking that healthy.

Cody Rhodes and AEW have lost the viewership battle with NXT for two straight episodes

NXT though are clearly profiting off of a strong showing at Survivor Series, but the task now will be to keep on building storylines as their next TakeOver event isn't scheduled until mid-February 2020.

Now that some of their more talented superstars were exposed to the more casual fans last Sunday, it may draw a few more new eyes to the product, which is exactly what Vince McMahon wants - to beat his competition.

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