The Becky Lynch-Tiffany Stratton match drew big ratings for the WWE NXT brand on Tuesday night.
This week on WWE NXT, Tiffany Stratton defended the NXT Women’s Championship against her toughest opponent yet – Becky Lynch. After Stratton failed to hit the Prettiest Moonsault Ever off the top rope when Lynch avoided it, Lynch hit a Manhandle Slam to win to become NXT Women’s Champion for the first time.
It was reported by SportsTVRatings that the September 12th edition of NXT on USA Network averaged 850,000 viewers. That’s up 26.3% from last week. It’s also the seventh-highest audience total in the history of the show and the best viewership number for NXT since October 28, 2020. That was nearly a full year before WWE rebranded NXT as NXT 2.0 in September 2021.
The all-important 18-49 key demo numbers were very impressive as well since NXT drew a 0.26 rating in the 18-49 demo. That’s up 44.4% increase over last week. It also tied for the best rating the show has done in that 18-49 category in nearly four years going back to December 18, 2019.
Another interesting number is that compared to this same week in 2022, NXT’s audience rose 16.8% in overall viewers. It’s also up from last year in the 18-49 by 73.3%, which is obviously a big jump in the key demo audience.
In addition to that great news about the entire show, Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics noted that the Lynch-Stratton match did over 1 million viewers for the overrun.
NXT's 8-minute overrun, with the conclusion of the Becky Lynch vs. Tiffany Stratton match, averaged over 1 million viewers.
— Brandon Thurston (@BrandonThurston) September 13, 2023
Normally in the days that follow, there are quarter-hour breakdowns of the ratings for each show, so WWE will be fully aware of what helped raise the audience during the show.
Becky Lynch reacts to the strong WWE NXT ratings news
Becky Lynch was obviously aware of the good ratings news because she tweeted/X’d this.
— Rebecca Quin (@BeckyLynchWWE) September 13, 2023
Since Lynch is the new NXT Women’s Champion she’ll likely defend her title at the NXT No Mercy PLE on September 30th. Keep watching NXT TV to find out more about what’s next for Becky Lynch on the brand where she started her WWE career.