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NXT AND AEW RATING AFFECTED BY WORLD SERIES
Game seven of the World Series Baseball meant that last night’s AEW Dynamite and NXT took a big hit ratings-wise.
AEW did an average of 759,000 viewers, down 21 percent from last week, whereas NXT averaged 580,000 viewers, which was down 14 percent from last week.
In the 18-49 demo, Dynamite finished sixth overall on cable with a 0.33 rating, down 27 percent from the previous week, which went up against the first game between the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros. NXT did a 0.18, down 17 percent.
AEW won in every demographic except the usual persons over 50, as well as women 12-34. The gap of 159,000 viewers between the shows was the smallest since the beginning of the Wednesday Night Wars.
WWE Q3 RESULTS OVERVIEW
Prior to their investors’ call Thursday morning, WWE released their 2019 Q3 numbers. They showed a small year-over-year decrease in revenue to $186.3 million.
Other key notes from Q3:
- WWE stock was down nearly 16%, trading at $55.91 a share.
- WWE attributed the decrease from $188.4 million a year ago to declines in live event ticket sales and merchandise offset by increase in their Media segment.
- $6.4 million operating income, down from $18.1 million in last year’s Q2
- The Network subscriber drop (9%) was in line with their Q2 prediction of 1.53 million. They predicted a further drop to 1.43 million in Q4 and a year over year decline of 10%.
- Through the end of September, “digital video views increased 12% on a year-over-year basis to 25.6 billion and hours consumed increased 14% to 957 million hours across digital and social platforms.”
- Live event revenue declined to $23.2 million due to “weakened performance” and fewer North American shows (excluding NXT).
- Their average ticket price increased by 6% to $56.64 while overall North American sales declined by $4.1 million with 19 fewer shows and lower attendance.
- International revenue was virtually identical.
- Consumer products decreased to $17 million, down from $19.6 million last year.
NXT TO APPEAR ON SURVIVOR SERIES
WWE’s third brand NXT will appear on this year’s Survivor Series, making a three-way battle of brand supremacy. Click here for the full story.
THE FIEND WINS THE UNIVERSAL TITLE
“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt has won the WWE Universal Title, defeating Seth Rollins in a falls count anywhere match at Crown Jewel.
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THREE MATCHES ANNOUNCED FOR SMACKDOWN
WWE has announced that SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Revival will defend their titles against The New Day’s Big E and Kofi Kingston. Both team appeared in the Tag Team Turmoil match at WWE Crown Jewel.
Also, Roman Reigns will go one-on-one with King Corbin. We will also see six women tag team action, as Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose and SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley will face Nikki Cross, Dana Brooke and Carmella.
The new WWE Champion Bray Wyatt will also appear on Miz TV.