TNA UK TV Ratings – Week Ending 27th March 2011

TNA Wrestling on Challenge

TNA Wrestling on Challenge

The UK TV Ratings are in for the week ending 27th March 2011 and it’s even more good news for TNA Wrestling as iMPACT! on Challenge! beats both WWE Raw and Smackdown for the fourth consecutive week.

AJ Styles dropkicks Mr. Anderson during the main event

AJ Styles dropkicks Mr. Anderson during the four-way main event.

According to the Broadcasters Audience Research Board – TNA iMPACT! on Challenge drew a superb 184,000 viewers, (up a whopping 27,000 viewers on last week) for the Tuesday 22nd Post Victory Road episode featuring a Rob Van Dam vs. Mr. Anderson vs. AJ Styles vs. Bully Ray four-way Main Event for the number 1 contendership. This match saw Bully Ray hospitalise AJ Styles with a powerbomb off the entrance stage.

The program ranked 3rd 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 144,000 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 Mar 2011
1 CATCHPHRASE (WED 1931) 214
2 CATCHPHRASE (MON 1931) 196
3 TNA IMPACT (TUE 2202) 184
4 BULLSEYE (WED 2300) 163
5 IN IT TO WIN IT (TUE 2059) 162
6 FAMILY FORTUNES (WED 2030) 158
7 FAMILY FORTUNES (WED 2000) 156
8 IN IT TO WIN IT (WED 2100) 153
9 TAKESHIS CASTLE (SAT 1100) 146
10 CATCHPHRASE (MON 1901) 144

WWE Raw posted 146,000 viewers, down 10,000 viewers on last week. The show was headlined by a Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio main event and featured a Cena/Miz confrontation to close the show. Smackdown’s broadcast on Sky Sports 4  posted 133,000 viewers, down 3,000 on last week and the second consecutive downturn in viewership. This show was headlined by a Christian vs. Alberto Del Rio main event.

WWE’s internationally syndicated show “Bottom Line” drew 36,000 viewers for it’s Friday night airing on Sky Sports 4. No other WWE programming ranked in the top 10’s of their respective networks so viewing figures are unavailable. Here’s an overview of viewership for all wrestling programming:

Weekly Ratings Summary:

TNA iMPACT! (Challenge, Tuesday, 2202) – 184,000
WWE LATE NIGHT RAW – LIVE (Sky Sports 3, Monday, 2500) – 146,000
WWE LATE NIGHT SMACKDOWN (Sky Sports 4, Friday, 2200) – 133,000
WWE LATE NIGHT BOTTOM LINE (Sky Sports 4, Friday, 2400) – 36,000
TNA XPLOSION (Challenge, Tuesday, 2400) – Under 144,000

Weekly Ratings Wins so far (2011)*:
TNA iMPACT! – 4
WWE RAW – 1
WWE Smackdown – 2

*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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