That’s a big one. The Wednesday Night Wars have come and gone and that means we will no longer be seeing AEW Dynamite go head to head with NXT. The battle went on for a year and a half with Dynamite getting the better of most of the showdowns. Now things have split up though, with NXT moving to Tuesday nights. That opens some interesting doors, and now we have our first results.

One of the interesting questions about AEW Dynamite has been the amount of viewers that they really have. With NXT around, it can be a little bit difficult to see just how things are really going. A lot of fans who could be watching Dynamite would be watching NXT instead, making the actual audience a bit unclear. Now that NXT is out of the way, we have a much better picture of AEW’s numbers.

According to Showbuzz Daily, this week’s edition of AEW Dynamite drew 1.219 million viewers, drawing their second largest audience to date. The show also drew a .44 rating in the 18-49 demographic, which is the best number since December 9, 2020. By comparison, the previous week’s show drew 688,000 viewers and a .28 rating. This week’s NXT drew 805,000 viewers (up from 768,000 the previous week) and a .22 rating (even with the previous week).

This was a pretty big week. Check out Dynamite’s best:

Were the "NEW" Bucks Able to Defend their Tag Team Championships? | AEW Dynamite, 4/14/21

Was Matt Hardy Able to Defeat Darby Allin for the TNT Championship? | AEW Dynamite, 4/14/21

Did the Special Enforcer Mike Tyson Have to Get His Hands Dirty? | AEW Dynamite, 4/14/21

Opinion: That is a heck of a boost and one of the biggest surprises I’ve seen in a long time. That is nearly doubling the previous week’s audience and I really am impressed that they had this many people. If nothing else, it shows how much damage NXT had been doing in the last eighteen months, as Dynamite jumped up by comparison while NXT only edged up. Well done AEW, as they suddenly have a new level of energy.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.

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