TNA UK TV Ratings – Week Ending 27th February 2011

TNA Wrestling on Challenge

TNA Wrestling on Challenge

The UK TV Ratings are in for the week ending 27th February 2011 and it’s even more good news for TNA Wrestling as TNA iMPACT! on Challenge! reports another rise in viewing figures, beating WWE Raw and once again posting the highest viewed TNA iMPACT! episode in it’s history on UK television.

Rob Van Dam vs Jeff Hardy

Rob Van Dam vs Jeff Hardy

According to the Broadcasters Audience Research Board – TNA iMPACT! on Challenge drew a superb 158,000 viewers, (up 6,000 viewers on last week) for the Tuesday 22nd “The Boy is Back in Town“ episode featuring the return of “Nature Boy” Ric Flair and headlined by the huge Rob Van Dam vs. Jeff Hardy TNA World Title bout.

The program ranked 5th overall amongst all programming on Challenge that week.  BARB only provides the Top 10 viewed programs for each channel, TNA Xplosion was outside the top 10 (drawing somewhere under 127,000 viewers) and as a result i’m unable to provide an accurate figure for the program. Here is the Top 10 ranked programs on Challenge for the week:

Challenge
w/e 27 Feb 2011
1 CLASSIC WHO WANTS TBA MILLIONARE (WED 2202) 209
2 CATCHPHRASE (WED 1931) 202
3 BITE SIZE BRAINIAC (WED 2151) 198
4 IN IT TO WIN IT (WED 2101) 182
5 TNA IMPACT (TUE 2201) 158
6 CATCHPHRASE (MON 1900) 158
7 CATCHPHRASE (MON 1930) 146
8 FAMILY FORTUNES (WED 2001) 132
9 CRYSTAL MAZE (MON 1800) 127
10 CRYSTAL MAZE (TUE 1800) 127

WWE Raw posted 132,000 viewers, up 5,000 on last week.  Smackdown’s broadcast on Sky Sports 4 won the week posting 163,000 viewers, however it should be noted this was a huge drop of 38,000 viewers from last week. WWE’s Elimination Chamber PPV offering scored well, drawing 136,000 viewers. Superstars and NXT both failed to rank in the top 10’s and so viewing figures for both are unavailable. Here’s an overview of viewership for all wrestling programming:

Weekly Ratings Summary:

WWE LATE NIGHT SMACKDOWN (Sky Sports 4, Friday, 2200) – 163,000
TNA iMPACT! (Challenge, Tuesday, 2201) – 158,000
WWE ELIMINATION CHAMBER (Sky Sports 3, Monday, 2101) – 136,000
WWE LATE NIGHT RAW – LIVE (Sky Sports 3, Monday, 2600) – 132,000
TNA Xplosion (Challenge, Tuesday, 2400) – Under 127,000

Weekly Ratings Wins so far (2011)*:
TNA iMPACT! – 2
WWE RAW – 1

*Based on first showing viewing figures, not inclusive of +1 or replay figures.

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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 1Wrestling.com, Wrestle Zone UK & Lords of Pain.

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