1) Some episodes of the Miz's reality show drew over a million viewers. As an example, an August episode pulled in 1.094 million viewers. Barely any less than NXT's number.
2) NXT was advertised heavily on WWE programming. It also had a strong timeslot.
3) A live wrestling show will always draw more than a spin-off reality show. The Miz also main-evented wrestlemania almost a decade ago, and was merely a side salad to Cena and Rock anyway.
Miz and Mrs is promoted on WWE tv during actual show. There was barely any promotion for nxt debut on Raw and SD..even Kenny Omega mentioned that yesterday.
Reality tv also costs alot more to produce than live wrestling. USA are probably paying twice as much per hour of Miz/Mrs as NXT.
Great, wrestling has always drawn more than the random MLB games and UFC has never drawn amazing numbers on TV outside the first big Fox event years ago and the first Ultimate Fighter in 05 and the one in 09 with Kimbo. What's your point? Wrestling has hemorrhaged viewers at a much higher rate than most things on TV with no end in site. At some point, TV executives will see it's silly to pay huge numbers for declining programming that isn't even attractive to advertisers, which pro wrestling historically has never been.
WWE programming brought in $200 million in advertising last year for their US shows only. That's going to jump quite a bit with move to FOX.
My point is if tv networks are giving UFC $1.5 billion to air their tv product and a developmental WWE show featuring people that audience have never before seen does similar it's very hard to say that's not a success.
NXT beat Suits in 18-49 and viewers last night and suits started off season 1 averaging about 4.5 million viewers.
"At some point, TV executives"..but haven't we now been saying that for years! I just looked back on predictions on this site from 2014-15 and a bunch of people were saying Raw/SD would be off USA on smaller network or get much reduced tv rights deal by 2019-20. The opposite happened.
Originally Posted by RubberbandGoat
I think AEW will beat them every week. You guys underestimate their interest
Every week, bold statement.
I think AEW will beat NXT first week, second week, probably third but after that it's trickier to predict.
The more shows AEW seem to put on the more interest seems to dip.