NXT fell to its lowest rating since the brand went to television amongst some stiff competition on the Syfy Channel on Tuesday night.
PWTorch has reported that the black and gold brand drew 520,000 viewers and had a 0.12 rating in the 18-49 age demographic. The show had been moved from its usual home of the USA Network to the Syfy Channel due to the Olympics. In the show’s first-ever outing on the Syfy Channel, it was pre-taped rather than live as will be the edition of NXT that will air on Syfy on the 3rd of August. The show returns to the USA Network on the 10th of August following the conclusion of the Olympics.
Wrestlenomics have given more context to the numbers, reporting that the rating for the show represented a fall of 20.5% from the week before when NXT drew 705,000 viewers. The 18-49 demo fell even further with a 40% drop-off from the previous week’s return of 0.20. That 0.20 rating ties for the brand’s lowest key demo rating with two other episodes of NXT and represents 150,000 viewers.
The rating for the show also marked a year-on-year decrease with the episode airing on the same week in 2020 drawing 17.6% fewer viewers and 14.3% fewer viewers in the 18-49 demo. It should be noted that the 2020 episode of NXT on USA aired on Wednesday night head to ahead against AEW Dynamite.
Tuesday’s show Samoa Joe hand in his resignation as William Regal’s enforcer after being choked out by Karrion Kross. Regal then named Joe as Kross’ number one contender for the NXT Championship with the two men set to face off at NXT TakeOver 36 over SummerSlam weekend.
In another shock, Dakota Kai turned her back on friend and NXT Women’s Champion Raquel Gonzalez. Kai told Gonzalez that as long as she had her back then nobody could take the NXT Women’s Title away from Big Mami Cool before viciously attacking her from behind.