TNA iMPACT! Ratings (U.S.)

TNA iMPACT! on Spike

TNA iMPACT! on Spike

I know we don’t normally comment on US ratings but choose to concentrate on the ratings here in the UK but i’m making an exception to point out just how well the Live iMPACT! did on Spike this week. The live episode of TNA Impact scored a 1.33 rating, which was the highest Impact rating since the January 28 episode scored a 1.38 rating.

The 1.33 second hour rating was the highest second-hour rating of the year. This was despite the last three quarter-hours coming in below the show’s 1.33 overall rating. Impact peaked with a 1.44 rating in Q5 to begin the second hour, which boosted the overall second hour rating.

Overall for the night, Impact ranked #18 among all cable TV programs, #13 in Males 18-34, and #5 in Males 18-49.

Impact scored a 1.11 rating among m18-49, which was the highest since a 1.11 rating on August 5 leading into the Lockdown PPV.

Impact’s 1.00 rating among m18-34 was the first time since January the show reached the 1.00 level. The first three episodes of the year on Thursday nights were right at the 1.00 level, with Impact not reaching that again until last night.

— TNA Reaction following Impact averaged 899,000 viewers, which was middle of the road for Reaction through eight episodes.

Impact averaged 1.70 million viewers, which means Reaction was able to retain more than 50 percent of Impact’s average viewing audience.

The “THEY” storyline and the Bound For Glory build-up really has peaked the interest of many viewers and it appears many WWE or casual viewers are sampling the TNA product. TNA really needed this pop in the ratings to get that male 18-34 demographic rating up to a respectable level to have something to show Spike TV. Just like WWE’s Raw rating going up on Monday, the key is the follow-up. Can TNA sustain this level, even with a slight drop-off since this was a “live special,” going forward? The numbers look good for TNA, but they have to sustain it for last night’s show to mean anything for the company long-term. Throughout Impact’s five-year history on Spike TV, they’ve had their share of ratings pops, but TNA hasn’t been able to sustain the same level of interest in the product over time. Should Bound For Glory exceed expectations this could be a big Turning Point for TNA Wrestling.


About Ray Mullan
Ray Mullan is a longtime wrestling fan and Owner/Editor of TNA UK . Also a contributing writer to a number of other online wrestling media including, Wrestle Zone UK & Lords of Pain.

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