TNA UK TV Ratings – Week Ending 6th March 2011

TNA Wrestling on Challenge

TNA Wrestling on Challenge

The UK TV Ratings are in for the week ending 6th March 2011 and it’s even more good news for TNA Wrestling as the weekly TNA iMPACT! on Challenge! reports yet another rise in viewing figures, beating both WWE Raw and Smackdown and once again posting the highest viewed TNA iMPACT! episode in it’s history on UK television.

RVD v Angle v Anderson

RVD v Angle v Anderson

According to the Broadcasters Audience Research Board – TNA iMPACT! on Challenge drew a superb 164,000 viewers, (up 6,000 viewers on last week) for the Tuesday 1st “Hot at Teacher” episode featuring the 3.3.11 promo and a Rob Van Dam vs. Mr. Anderson vs. Kurt Angle main event.

The program ranked 6th 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 137,000 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 06 Mar 2011
1 CATCHPHRASE (FRI 1902) 227
2 CATCHPHRASE (WED 1930) 212
3 CATCHPHRASE (WED 1900) 201
4 CATCHPHRASE (FRI 1932) 190
5 CRYSTAL MAZE (WED 1800) 167
6 TNA IMPACT (TUE 2201) 164
7 CATCHPHRASE (THU 1859) 158
8 CRYSTAL MAZE (FRI 1801) 142
9 FAMILY FORTUNES (FRI 2002) 142
10 CATCHPHRASE (THU 1930) 137

WWE Raw posted 131,000 viewers, down 1,000 on last week.  Smackdown’s broadcast on Sky Sports 4  posted 137,000 viewers, down a whopping  26,000 viewers. This is the second huge drop in Smackdowns ratings for the second week running and obviously cause for concern for WWE. Superstars and NXT both failed to rank in the top 10’s and so viewing figures for both are unavailable. WWE Bottom Line drew 27,000 viewers and the other “Magazine” show – This week in WWE drew 32,000 viewers.  Here’s an overview of viewership for all wrestling programming:

Weekly Ratings Summary:

TNA iMPACT! (Challenge, Tuesday, 2201) – 164,000
WWE LATE NIGHT SMACKDOWN (Sky Sports 4, Friday, 2200) – 137,000
WWE LATE NIGHT RAW – LIVE (Sky Sports 3, Monday, 2600) – 131,000
THIS WEEK IN WWE (Sky Sports 3,Sunday, 2200) – 32,000
WWE LATE NIGHT BOTTOM LINE (Sky Sports 3, Friday, 2400) – 27,000
TNA Xplosion (Challenge, Tuesday, 2400) – Under 137,000

Weekly Ratings Wins so far (2011)*:
TNA iMPACT! – 3
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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